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not·​with·​stand·​ing ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce notwithstanding (audio)
: despite
notwithstanding their inexperience, they were an immediate success
often used after its object
the motion passed, our objection notwithstanding


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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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Their name notwithstanding, cometary globules have nothing to do with actual comets other than that their extended tails are quite comet-esque. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 9 May 2024 The rhetoric of its architects notwithstanding, the result of this change has not been an increase in liberty, but a reduction. The Editors, National Review, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for notwithstanding 

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Word History


Preposition, Adverb, and Conjunction

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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Notwithstanding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 preposition
not·​with·​stand·​ing ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce notwithstanding (audio)
: despite entry 2
we went ahead with our plan notwithstanding their objections


2 of 2 adverb

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