notwithstanding

preposition
not·​with·​stand·​ing | \ ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce notwithstanding (audio) , -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 How to pronounce notwithstanding (audio) , -wit͟h- \

Definition of notwithstanding (Entry 2 of 3)

notwithstanding

conjunction
not·​with·​stand·​ing | \ ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce notwithstanding (audio) , -wit͟h- \

Definition of notwithstanding (Entry 3 of 3)

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Synonyms for notwithstanding

Synonyms: Preposition

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Conjunction

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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 The wayward son, Rafo Polk (Eduardo Minett), proves to be tender, rather than wild, his initial hostility notwithstanding. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 16 Sep. 2021 Newsom's easy triumph was no forgone conclusion, notwithstanding the friendly terrain of a state where President Joe Biden took the presidential contest by nearly 30 points less than a year ago. Rick Klein, ABC News, 14 Sep. 2021 Its size notwithstanding, Chilean Muslims reflect significant diversity. Matthew Ingalls, The Conversation, 14 Sep. 2021 Assured future cult classic status notwithstanding, that’s not exactly a #GoldOpen. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 Today’s accomplishment will still be remembered, bitcoin price drop notwithstanding. Chris Smith, BGR, 7 Sep. 2021 These perceptions are our first clue that this portrait of convent life will always reflect what Marie sees, notwithstanding the third-person narration. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021 Coconuts notwithstanding, southern Delaware had an ambitious food scene even then. Regan Stephens, Travel + Leisure, 6 Sep. 2021 Even the most ordinary of them is worth seeing, and the best of them, brevity notwithstanding, are among the most powerful films of the year. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 3 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Digital discourse notwithstanding, containing the concept of cleansing in relation to whiteness and wealth is extremely limiting in scope and context, despite the comical levels of disgust expressed by Black people and other POC in the Twitterverse. Shamira Ibrahi, Allure, 17 Sep. 2021 The truth is there are similarities between the mezedes of many lands, reasons why notwithstanding. Michael A. Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Aug. 2021 The buzz notwithstanding, Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, tweeted Wednesday before Moderna’s announcement that vaccinating younger American adolescents shouldn’t be the top priority. BostonGlobe.com, 6 May 2021 His leftist background notwithstanding, Horowitz has achieved the status of a MAGA elder statesman, proudly advancing the causes of some of the movement’s brightest stars, including figures such as Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon, and Jeff Sessions. Ronald Radosh, The New Republic, 5 May 2021 Bolsonaro’s do-nothing approach to the pandemic notwithstanding, his popularity among his base, which accounts for some thirty per cent of the electorate, has remained steady. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 13 Apr. 2021 Shall the bill pass the objections of the President of the United States to the contrary notwithstanding? Catie Edmondson, New York Times, 1 Jan. 2021 More recently, Trump’s prediction that Operation Warp Speed would put a coronavirus vaccine into public distribution by the end of 2020 has come true, media skepticism notwithstanding. Fred Barnes, Washington Examiner, 17 Dec. 2020 These wireless asides notwithstanding, the path forward should be clear. Joanna Stern, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of notwithstanding was in the 14th century

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not wearing a stitch (of clothes/clothing)

notwithstanding

not worry oneself

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“Notwithstanding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/notwithstanding. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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notwithstanding

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of notwithstanding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: without being prevented by (something) : despite

notwithstanding

adverb

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

: in spite of what has just been said : nevertheless

notwithstanding

preposition
not·​with·​stand·​ing | \ ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce notwithstanding (audio) , -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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