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 This was—her unchanged face notwithstanding—a much younger Queen Calanthe, the show unfolding in not one but three separate timelines. Jason Kehe, Wired, "The Witcher and Little Women Share a Time-Tested Secret," 7 Feb. 2020 The public does not, however, lose any information about the organization’s donors, notwithstanding these groups’ stated goals in transitioning to churches. Samuel Brunson, The Conversation, "What’s a church? That can depend on the eye of the beholder or paperwork filed with the IRS," 6 Feb. 2020 Although most people weather a flu infection just fine – up to two weeks of pain and discomfort notwithstanding – complications can be life-threatening. oregonlive, "The flu: It is here, and you should get vaccinated," 11 Jan. 2020 Some energy experts estimate that even without a protracted conflict, oil prices could reach or exceed $150 a barrel, increased U.S. production notwithstanding. John Walcott, Time, "Iran Has Vowed Revenge Against the U.S. for Killing Qasem Soleimani. Here's What May Happen Next," 4 Jan. 2020 The crisis notwithstanding, in November Boeing booked its first firm orders since the grounding, for 30 planes. The Economist, "Boeing going wrong Boeing will halt production of its troubled 737 MAX," 18 Dec. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb These triumphs notwithstanding, three years in, hopes of a thoroughgoing overhaul have been dashed. Philip Wallach, National Review, "On Deregulation, Trump Has Achieved Little," 19 Dec. 2019 Prediction: controversy over some political statements by Liu Yifei regarding the Hong Kong protests notwithstanding, Mulan is likely to be a huge box office hit for Disney next year. Mulan hits theaters March 27, 2020. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The full trailer for Disney’s live-action Mulan is here, and it’s breathtaking," 5 Dec. 2019 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

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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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15 Feb 2020

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“Notwithstanding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/notwithstanding. Accessed 27 Feb. 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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