notwithstanding[nät′wit̸h stan′diŋ, -wit̸h-]
- Notwithstanding is defined as despite or although.
An example of notwithstanding is when you think the weather is nice in general, even though it has been rainy today.
The rain notwithstanding, its a good day!
Origin of notwithstandingMiddle English notwithstandinge (translation of Medieval Latin nōn obstante) : not, not; see not + withstanding, present participle of withstanden, to resist; see withstand.
- Nevertheless, all the same.
- The conjunction is sometimes expressed in the form notwithstanding that, as in "the front was nearly four miles in advance, notwithstanding that the men marched three abreast" (Dickens, Barnaby Rudge, ch. 49. See citations page.).
- In spite of, despite.
- Often used after its complement, the etymology of its name notwithstanding.