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 objectthe 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 We are surrounded by people -- Zevon's prayer notwithstanding -- being stupid and reveling in it. Philip Martin, Arkansas Online, "CRITICAL MASS: Thanksgiving is a complicated celebration. Even so, we’re lucky to be here," 24 Nov. 2019 But notwithstanding these flaws, The Report redeems itself with its unflinching depictions of torture. David Klion, The New Republic, "The Heavy Burden of The Report," 12 Dec. 2019 The industry has kept, the occasional discount or 3-D price notwithstanding, the same basic plan. Steven Zeitchik, chicagotribune.com, "Why MoviePass' innovations could outlive the company," 11 May 2018 The antagonism notwithstanding, the effort was ultimately symbiotic. New York Times, "A Shiite Holiday Turns Into a Test of Iranian Power in Iraq," 22 Oct. 2019 And the fight is far from over, notwithstanding the victory lap run by Trump. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: McConnell missed the target; Save access to e-books (10/22/19)," 22 Oct. 2019 Vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and his crew have built a great team — latest postseason pratfall notwithstanding — but the fuse is already lit to blow it up. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Fuse already lit to blow up another great A’s team," 5 Oct. 2019 But this is notwithstanding the fact that more and more Twitter accounts are hacked and sometimes controlled by bots. Monti Datta, Quartz, "Three countries where Donald Trump is popular," 1 Oct. 2019 Four albums due out July 12 His newest album notwithstanding, this two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee is surely the first music legend whose ongoing tour is a prelude to the imminent release of four additional albums. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Paul McCartney still ‘Fab ‘at 77, still on tour, has four albums due out in July," 20 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Burns’ history lesson notwithstanding, Mary Megan is very much focused on the present and future. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Revealed: Billboard's 2019 Women In Music Top Executives," 12 Dec. 2019 There is a holiday looming on this side of the pond, so this may be an opportunity to plan a menu or an invitation list, the hazards of family gatherings notwithstanding. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Bayer offered funding to influence foreign press group; a key Sanofi exec leaves as changes loom," 22 Nov. 2019 With a championship medal around his neck and the Most Valuable Player award at his seat, Plewa was all but afloat, champagne notwithstanding. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "How LouCity FC lost the USL Championship to the Real Monarchs' defense," 18 Nov. 2019 An election gave us Trump, and, impeachment proceedings notwithstanding, an election has the potential to rid us of him. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Trump, Impeachment, and the Democracy that Happens Between Elections," 25 Sep. 2019 Patrick Mahomes notwithstanding, the Raiders defense has shown signs of improvement, as has the offense led by Derek Carr. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Focus on Minnesota: Why Raiders could steal one on road," 17 Sep. 2019 These quibbles notwithstanding, on the whole the technocrats are right. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "A $2.6 Trillion Economy Depends on a Credible Central Bank," 1 Nov. 2018 Their lengths notwithstanding, Zimcosky’s flair for creating and telling a story has flourished. cleveland.com, "Shaker Heights’ Zimcosky continues growth as person, author," 8 Sep. 2019 If so, that wouldn’t make his gentle skill at keeping the audience with him, phones notwithstanding, any less extraordinary. New York Times, "The Cell, the Spell and the Mystery of ‘Sea Wall/A Life’," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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18 Jan 2020

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“Notwithstanding.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/notwithstanding. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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More Definitions for notwithstanding

notwithstanding

preposition
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English Language Learners Definition of notwithstanding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : without being prevented by (something)

notwithstanding

adverb
How to pronounce notwithstanding (audio)

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

formal : in spite of what has just been said

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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