notwithstanding

preposition
not·​with·​stand·​ing | \ ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ, -wit͟h-\

Definition of notwithstanding 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: despite notwithstanding their inexperience, they were an immediate success often used after its object the motion passed, our objection notwithstanding

notwithstanding

adverb
not·​with·​stand·​ing | \ ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ, -wit͟h-\

Definition of notwithstanding (Entry 2 of 3)

notwithstanding

conjunction
not·​with·​stand·​ing | \ ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ, -wit͟h-\

Definition of notwithstanding (Entry 3 of 3)

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Synonyms for notwithstanding

Synonyms: Preposition

despite, regardless of, with

Synonyms: Adverb

even so, howbeit, however, nevertheless, nonetheless, still, still and all, though, withal, yet

Synonyms: Conjunction

albeit, although (also altho), as, howbeit, much as, though, when, whereas, while, whilst [chiefly British]

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Examples of notwithstanding in a Sentence

Preposition

There were purges and there were trials, but compared with the 1940s these were mild indeed, Germany was finally reunited, and, appalling wars in the Balkans notwithstanding, Europe survived the end of the Cold War. — Nicholas Fraser, Harper's, May 2006 Over all, the Illinois is a fairly straight river, only ten per cent longer than its beeline, the fact notwithstanding that the bends at Pekin corkscrew like fishing line that has come untied. — John McPhee, New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2004 It may sound excessive, even notwithstanding dietary concerns, but actually the balance of textures and flavors is perfect: the oiliness of the egg is matched by the sharp saltiness of the anchovies … — Nigella Lawson, New York Times, 8 Jan. 2003 What happened to him was in no way his fault, notwithstanding the whispered innuendos of the English-speaking residents. — Francine Prose, Harper's, March 2002 we went to see the show, my objections notwithstanding

Adverb

Although there are some who oppose the plan, we will go through with it notwithstanding. you're rather late getting here, but you're welcome to join us for dinner notwithstanding

Conjunction

the man suspected of being the serial killer is little known to his neighbors, notwithstanding he has lived in the apartment complex for years
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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

However, notwithstanding their baseless proclamations of superiority, England never prevailed with Ramsey as a player, and ignominiously crashed out of their first involvement with the World Cup in 1950. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 13 Weeks to Go - The Meticulous Sir Alf Ramsey, England's Greatest Manager," 23 Mar. 2018 Explanation notwithstanding, he was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and wanton destruction of property under $250. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "In Wareham, a case of SUV-dipping," 6 July 2018 Spring training notwithstanding, Federowicz had never caught Keuchel. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros hang on to beat Rangers in series opener," 3 July 2018 McAfee notwithstanding, the legal risks have done little to slow bounty campaigns or the ICO boom. Justina Lee, latimes.com, "Cryptocurrency influencers hype up coin offerings, sometimes making $105,000 a tweet," 26 June 2018 Literary associations notwithstanding, the exhibition’s prints are all uncompromisingly abstract. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘Frank Stella Unbound’ Review: Leaving His Mark on Literature," 25 June 2018 The recent techlash notwithstanding, the online giants still have many left-leaning friends, and have contributed to Democratic campaigns. The Economist, "A new school in ChicagoHow regulators can prevent excessive concentration online," 28 June 2018 The remaining 70 are apparently still under investigation, notwithstanding the fact that PREA rules require investigations to be finished in 90 days. John H. Tucker, Daily Intelligencer, "Rape at Rosie’s," 26 June 2018 Provincial prejudice notwithstanding, Mr. Eskenazi, soccer is the game. WSJ, "American Sports Can Be Sleepier Than Soccer," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

There's no technical reason that Activision couldn't make the 484 GHTV-exclusive songs available for download and offline play past December 1 (music licensing issues notwithstanding). Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Guitar Hero TV’s planned shutdown spurs false advertising lawsuit," 20 Sep. 2018 New York City New York City is pretty magical every month of the year, and that certainly holds true during the winter (bomb cyclones notwithstanding). Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 U.S. Cities That Are Even Better in Winter," 17 Jan. 2018 Scare stories notwithstanding, the Russians are unlikely to have any exotic superweapons. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "4 Ways Russia's Military Is More Advanced Than You Might Think," 25 Nov. 2015 Sure, most of the top sides are through to the knockout stage, the defending champs notwithstanding, but the group stage was anything but predictable. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Weekend Read: A Case for All 16 Teams to Win the World Cup, Reflecting on Tyler Hilinski and More," 29 June 2018 Speaking of comebacks: One loss to Borna Coric notwithstanding, Roger Federer remains Roger Federer, on grass at least. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Wimbledon 2018 Preview Roundtable: Predictions, Dark Horses, More," 29 June 2018 Science squabbles notwithstanding, both sides of the moral hazard argument agree that negative emissions technologies like those in development at Carbon Engineering should be pursued with vigor. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "The Potential Pitfalls of Sucking Carbon From the Atmosphere," 13 June 2018 For the last few years, live sports notwithstanding, Better Call Saul is the only other program that qualifies for such loving premeditation and deliberateness. Daniel H. Pink, The Atlantic, "The Future of Television Is Being Able to Pick Shows by Length," 11 June 2018 According to the Telegraph, lake and riverside baptisms are common in many African countries, the risks notwithstanding. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "A pastor performed a baptism in an Ethiopian lake. A crocodile killed him.," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of notwithstanding

Preposition

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Conjunction

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for notwithstanding

Preposition, Adverb, and Conjunction

Middle English notwithstonding, from not + withstonding, present participle of withstonden to withstand

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notwithstanding

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of notwithstanding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: without being prevented by (something)

notwithstanding

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of notwithstanding (Entry 2 of 2)

: in spite of what has just been said

notwithstanding

preposition
not·​with·​stand·​ing | \ ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ, -wit͟h-\

Kids Definition of notwithstanding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in spite of We went notwithstanding the weather.

notwithstanding

adverb

Kids Definition of notwithstanding (Entry 2 of 2)

: nevertheless The team was inexperienced, but won notwithstanding.

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