Definition of notwithstanding in English:


Line breaks: not|with|stand¦ing
Pronunciation: /nɒtwɪðˈstandɪŋ
, -wɪθ-/


  • In spite of: notwithstanding the evidence, the consensus is that the jury will not reach a verdict [postpositive]: this small contretemps notwithstanding, they both had a good time
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    • Evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, England still is the countryside, and any threat to its conservation is a scandal because it threatens Englishness itself.
    • This notwithstanding the evidence of Mr. Sinclair.
    • Imagine, apparently conclusive evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, that a very few gifted individuals are genuinely clairvoyant.


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late Middle English: from not + withstanding, present participle of withstand, on the pattern of Old French non obstant 'not providing an obstacle to'.

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