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notwithstanding

preposition not·with·stand·ing \ ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ , -wit͟h- \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of notwithstanding

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

Examples of notwithstanding in a Sentence

  1. 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 FraserHarper'sMay 2006
  2. 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 McPheeNew Yorker15 Nov. 2004
  3. 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 LawsonNew York Times8 Jan. 2003
  4. What happened to him was in no way his fault, notwithstanding the whispered innuendos of the English-speaking residents. —Francine ProseHarper'sMarch 2002
  5. we went to see the show, my objections notwithstanding

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Origin and Etymology of notwithstanding

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

notwithstanding Synonyms


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notwithstanding

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

Definition of notwithstanding

Examples of notwithstanding in a Sentence

  1. Although there are some who oppose the plan, we will go through with it notwithstanding.

  2. you're rather late getting here, but you're welcome to join us for dinner notwithstanding

Recent Examples of notwithstanding from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of notwithstanding

notwithstanding Synonyms


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notwithstanding

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

Definition of notwithstanding

Examples of notwithstanding in a Sentence

  1. the man suspected of being the serial killer is little known to his neighbors, notwithstanding he has lived in the apartment complex for years

Origin and Etymology of notwithstanding

notwithstanding Synonyms

Synonyms
albeit, as, howbeit, much as, although, though, when, whereas, while, whilst [chiefly British]
Related Words
but, if

NOTWITHSTANDING Defined for English Language Learners

notwithstanding

preposition

Definition of notwithstanding for English Language Learners

  • : without being prevented by (something)


notwithstanding

adverb

Definition of notwithstanding for English Language Learners

  • : in spite of what has just been said


NOTWITHSTANDING Defined for Kids

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notwithstanding

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

Definition of notwithstanding for Students

:in spite of
  • We went notwithstanding the weather.

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notwithstanding

adverb

Definition of notwithstanding for Students

:nevertheless The team was inexperienced, but won notwithstanding.


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