1. 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.


  1. in spite of the fact that; although: It was the same material, notwithstanding the texture seemed different.


  1. nevertheless; anyway; yet: We were invited notwithstanding.


  1. (often immediately postpositive) in spite of; despite

conjunction (subordinating)

  1. despite the fact that; although

sentence connector

  1. in spite of that; nevertheless

prep.late 14c., notwiĆ¾stondynge, 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.

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