1

notwithstanding

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

Definition of notwithstanding

  1. :  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 Fraser, Harper's, May 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 McPhee, New Yorker, 15 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 Lawson, New York Times, 8 Jan. 2003

  4. 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

  5. we went to see the show, my objections notwithstanding

Origin and Etymology of notwithstanding

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


2

notwithstanding

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

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

Origin and Etymology of notwithstanding

see 1notwithstanding


3

notwithstanding

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

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

see 1notwithstanding


NOTWITHSTANDING Defined for English Language Learners

notwithstanding

play
preposition

Definition of notwithstanding for English Language Learners

  • : without being prevented by (something)

notwithstanding

play
adverb

Definition of notwithstanding for English Language Learners

  • : in spite of what has just been said


NOTWITHSTANDING Defined for Kids

1

notwithstanding

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

Definition of notwithstanding for Students

  1. :  in spite of We went notwithstanding the weather.


2

notwithstanding

play
adverb not·with·stand·ing

Definition of notwithstanding for Students

  1. :  nevertheless The team was inexperienced, but won notwithstanding.



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up notwithstanding? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

marked by lack of plan or order

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!