- in spite of; without being opposed or prevented by: Notwithstanding a brilliant defense, he was found guilty. She went to the game anyway, doctor’s orders notwithstanding.
- in spite of the fact that; although: It was the same material, notwithstanding the texture seemed different.
- nevertheless; anyway; yet: We were invited notwithstanding.
- (often immediately postpositive) in spite of; despite
- despite the fact that; although
- in spite of that; nevertheless
prep.late 14c., notwiþstondynge, from not + present participle of the verb withstand. A loan-translation of Medieval Latin non obstante “being no hindrance,” from ablative of obstans, present participle of obstare “stand opposite to” (see obstacle). As an adverb and as a conjunction from early 15c.