Definition of notwithstanding in English:

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Pronunciation: /nɒtwɪðˈstandɪŋ/
Pronunciation: /nɒtwɪθˈstandɪŋ/


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.


Nevertheless; in spite of this: she tells us she is an intellectual; notwithstanding, she is a beauty queen
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  • It is that attitude, allied to a zest for the game and notwithstanding obvious aplomb on the pitch, that has impressed his club manager George Burley.


Although; in spite of the fact that: notwithstanding that the hall was packed with bullies, our champion played on steadily and patiently
although, in spite of the fact that, despite the fact that, even though, though, for all that


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

Words that rhyme with notwithstanding

freestanding, hardstanding, landing, misunderstanding, outstanding, standing, stranding, understanding, upstanding

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