Dictionary Definition

notwithstanding adv : despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession); "although I'm a little afraid, however I'd like to try it"; "while we disliked each other, nevertheless we agreed"; "he was a stern yet fair master"; "granted that it is dangerous, all the same I still want to go" [syn: however, nevertheless, withal, still, yet, all the same, even so, nonetheless]

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English

Etymology

notwithstandinge < a calque from nōn obstante ("not standing")

Pronunciation

  • a RP /ˌnɒtwɪθˈstændɪŋ/
  • a US /ˌnɑːtwɪθˈstændɪŋ/
  • Rhymes with: -ændɪŋ

Adverb

  1. nevertheless, all the same
    They were opposed to the celebration, but came to the event, notwithstanding.

Translations

never the less

Conjunction

  1. although

Quotations

Translations

although

Preposition

  1. in spite of, despite.
    Notwithstanding the re-election of Mrs Thatcher in 1983 and 1987, a clear majority of voters have favoured increased taxes.

Usage notes

Many times used postpositionally.
  • We'll take the Normandy beaches, the German opposition notwithstanding.

Quotations

Synonyms

Translations

in spite of

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

after all, again, albeit, all the same, although, at all events, at any rate, but, despite, even, even so, for all that, howbeit, however, in any case, in any event, in spite, just the same, nevertheless, nonetheless, rather, regardless of, still, though, when, yet
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