notwithstanding

1 of 3

preposition

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

notwithstanding

2 of 3

adverb

notwithstanding

3 of 3

conjunction

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Preposition
The chemistry leapt out, their youth notwithstanding. Shane Hoffmann, oregonlive, 12 Nov. 2022 Still, the impressive growth in the number of distilleries notwithstanding, the number is less than half of the 88 whiskey distilleries Ireland had at the peak of the Irish whiskey boom in the 19th century. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 As to the arcs, there is the progress of Alfred’s career — and by extension, Earn’s — which, notwithstanding a hiccup here and there, develops effortlessly from local celebrity to international fame. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2022 Yet notwithstanding the joys of seeing new stories from Black creators and returning to Wakanda, there remains the ever-present grief of losing the late Chadwick Boseman. Elizabeth Agyemang, Time, 10 Nov. 2022 Monday’s late collapse in Los Angeles notwithstanding, the Cavaliers are on a rapid ascent in the NBA’s latest power rankings according to NBA.com’s John Schumann. Joe Noga, cleveland, 9 Nov. 2022 Whispers notwithstanding, China remains effectively closed, meaning the strong headwinds to the city’s aviation and retail sectors will probably persist for at least another year. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, 8 Nov. 2022 Nigeria’s concentration of money and administrative power in the president and state governors still justify the outsize attention on those particular elections, notwithstanding the best intentions to amplify local races. Alexander Onukwue, Quartz, 7 Nov. 2022 The Niners have beaten the defending champs eight straight times in the regular season, completing a fourth consecutive season sweep (last year's playoff loss notwithstanding). Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 31 Oct. 2022
Adverb
Efforts to diversify notwithstanding, that whiteness remains dominant—in the repertoire, the performers, the presenting institutions, and, perhaps most critically, the audience that buys the tickets. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2022 Who could have known that Euclid would be correct only in space—the fact that earthly application is all Euclidean notwithstanding? Percival Everett, Harper’s Magazine , 28 Sep. 2022 The sun-soaked, 65-foot swimming lane is heated year-round to tempt guests into the Yves Klein–blue water—but, the decadent hue notwithstanding, only serious swimmers need apply. Nicola Leigh Stewart, Robb Report, 25 Sep. 2022 The transition for Anastasi from California to Tennessee was relatively seamless, daughter drama notwithstanding. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 20 Aug. 2022 The chocolate rum notwithstanding, Sam Sanders was full of good spirits. New York Times, 29 July 2022 But again, this decision isn’t about geography – higher travel budgets notwithstanding. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 30 June 2022 And like it or not, the U.S. has already been forced to build the court up, the perennial objections from the Pentagon that the ICC should not be permitted to have jurisdiction over U.S. military personnel notwithstanding. Thomas Geoghegan, The New Republic, 9 May 2022 The current virtual land rush notwithstanding, digital real estate is not a new concept, but goes back nearly two decades. Musadiq Bidar, CBS News, 6 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Preposition, Adverb, and Conjunction

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

First Known Use

Preposition

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Conjunction

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/notwithstanding. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

notwithstanding 1 of 2

preposition

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

notwithstanding

2 of 2

adverb

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