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

despite, regardless of, with

Synonyms: Adverb

even so, howbeit, however, nevertheless, nonetheless, still, still and all, though, withal, yet

Synonyms: Conjunction

albeit, although (also altho), as, howbeit, much as, though, when, whereas, while, whilst [chiefly British]

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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

Flooding from the recent Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, for example, cost insurers approximately $28.5 billion, notwithstanding the $18.5 billion worth of damage that was uninsured. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The World's Waves Are Getting Bigger, Scientists Say," 26 Apr. 2019 The current unrest notwithstanding, Togo has not seen a return to the high levels of deadly electoral violence that the country experienced before the APG was signed. Alexander Noyes, Washington Post, "Could a power-sharing arrangement end protests in Togo? It’s complicated.," 24 Feb. 2018 And rising competition from new inflation hedges such as cryptocurrencies—the current selloff notwithstanding—could prove a structural headwind. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Bigger Gold Companies Still Aren’t Glitterati," 15 Jan. 2019 Controversy notwithstanding, Sandberg became, if not precisely a feminist icon, then certainly an influential figure in debates about women’s empowerment. Anna North, Vox, "How Facebook’s scandals are hurting Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In brand," 17 Dec. 2018 Industry leaders and Republicans in Congress have remained supportive of Zinke notwithstanding the stream of investigations. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "Zinke ‘100 percent confident’ he’ll be cleared in probes," 12 Nov. 2018 Additionally, their 2014 military coup notwithstanding, Thais are generally quiet participants in the global community for the most part. Washington Post, "A Thai cave, an extraordinary tale and a captivated world," 12 July 2018 Floating appliances notwithstanding, the rumbling thunderstorms weren’t quite enough to beat out the booms of fireworks in the Bayou City. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Heavy rains dampen Houston area’s Fourth of July celebrations," 4 July 2018 And Rebecca, the ghoulish aspects of her death notwithstanding, had bound and gagged herself. Sean Elder, Town & Country, "The Mysterious Deaths That Rocked a Wealthy Southern California Enclave," 4 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Thick thighs notwithstanding, Bearded Cap is still a snack, and a dangerous snack at that. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "I Really, Really Miss Captain America's Beard," 29 Apr. 2019 Tesla's Autopilot mode, the name notwithstanding, is also considered Level 2. Dan Rosenbaum, Ars Technica, "Why driving is hard—even for AIs," 7 Dec. 2018 There's no technical reason that Activision couldn't make the 484 GHTV-exclusive songs available for download and offline play past December 1 (music licensing issues notwithstanding). Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Guitar Hero TV’s planned shutdown spurs false advertising lawsuit," 20 Sep. 2018 New York City New York City is pretty magical every month of the year, and that certainly holds true during the winter (bomb cyclones notwithstanding). Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 U.S. Cities That Are Even Better in Winter," 17 Jan. 2018 Scare stories notwithstanding, the Russians are unlikely to have any exotic superweapons. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "4 Ways Russia's Military Is More Advanced Than You Might Think," 25 Nov. 2015 Sure, most of the top sides are through to the knockout stage, the defending champs notwithstanding, but the group stage was anything but predictable. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Weekend Read: A Case for All 16 Teams to Win the World Cup, Reflecting on Tyler Hilinski and More," 29 June 2018 Speaking of comebacks: One loss to Borna Coric notwithstanding, Roger Federer remains Roger Federer, on grass at least. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Wimbledon 2018 Preview Roundtable: Predictions, Dark Horses, More," 29 June 2018 Science squabbles notwithstanding, both sides of the moral hazard argument agree that negative emissions technologies like those in development at Carbon Engineering should be pursued with vigor. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "The Potential Pitfalls of Sucking Carbon From the Atmosphere," 13 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for notwithstanding

notwithstanding

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of notwithstanding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : without being prevented by (something)

notwithstanding

adverb

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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