- in spite of; without being opposed or prevented by: Notwithstanding a brilliant defense, he was found guilty. She went to the game anyway, doctor's orders notwithstanding.
- in spite of the fact that; although: It was the same material, notwithstanding the texture seemed different.
- nevertheless; anyway; yet: We were invited notwithstanding.
Origin of notwithstanding
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1. Notwithstanding, despite, in spite of imply that something is true even though there are obstacles or opposing conditions. The three expressions may be used practically interchangeably. Notwithstanding suggests, however, a hindrance of some kind: Notwithstanding the long delay, I shall still go. Despite indicates that there is an active opposition: Despite procrastination and disorganization, they finished the project. In spite of implies meeting strong opposing forces or circumstances that must be taken into account: She succeeded in spite of many discouragements.
1. because of, on account of.
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Notwithstanding, their opposition, Proposition 209 became law.Asians vs. Affirmative Action
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But, notwithstanding this, she was a good mother, and Robert loved her.Brave and Bold
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It seemed, notwithstanding, that this must be the only course.
Garson, however, was unconvinced, notwithstanding his deference to the judgment of his leader.
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- (often immediately postpositive) in spite of; despite
- despite the fact that; although
- in spite of that; nevertheless
C14: not + withstanding, from Old English withstandan, on the model of Medieval Latin non obstante, Old French non obstant
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Word Origin and History for notwithstanding
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