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[not-with-stan-ding, -with-] /ˌnɒt wɪðˈstæn dɪŋ, -wɪθ-/
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
1350-1400; Middle English (preposition, adv., and conjunction); see not, withstand, -ing2
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. Unabridged
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  • notwithstanding her previous disappointments, she felt hopeful of success.

    Clemence Retta Babcock
  • notwithstanding the traces of her tears, she had never looked so beautiful.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • notwithstanding this catastrophe, the five guns opposed to the Revenge continued their fire, and kept it up to the last.

  • She was a trim yacht, notwithstanding her multifarious employments.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • By the former construction it would have been lost, notwithstanding two to one of all who expressed an opinion were in favor.

British Dictionary definitions for notwithstanding


/ˌnɒtwɪθˈstændɪŋ; -wɪð-/
(often immediately postpositive) in spite of; despite
conjunction (subordinating)
despite the fact that; although
sentence connector
in spite of that; nevertheless
Word Origin
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

late 14c., notwiþstondynge, from not + present participle of the verb withstand. A loan-translation of Medieval Latin non obstante "being no hindrance," from ablative of obstans, present participle of obstare "stand opposite to" (see obstacle). As an adverb and as a conjunction from early 15c.

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