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!
in spite of [notwithstanding the storm, we flew on]: sometimes in an inverted construction [we flew on, the storm notwithstanding]
all the same, nevertheless: he must be told, notwithstanding
in spite of the fact that; although
In spite of: The teams played on, notwithstanding the rain.
All the same; nevertheless: We proceeded, notwithstanding.
In spite of the fact that; although.
Origin of notwithstandingMiddle English notwithstandinge (translation of Medieval Latin nōn obstante) : not, not; see not + withstanding, present participle of withstanden, to resist; see withstand.
- 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.