Use Notwithstanding in a sentence


[not-with-stan-ding, -with-]
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.

1350–1400; Middle English (preposition, adv., and conjunction); see not, withstand, -ing2

1. Notwithstanding, despite, in spite of imply that something is true even though there are obstacles or opposing conditions. The three expressions may be used practically interchangeably. Notwithstanding suggests, however, a hindrance of some kind: Notwithstanding the long delay, I shall still go. Despite indicates that there is an active opposition: Despite procrastination and disorganization, they finished the project. In spite of implies meeting strong opposing forces or circumstances that must be taken into account: She succeeded in spite of many discouragements.

1. because of, on account of. Unabridged
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notwithstanding (ˌnɒtwɪθˈstændɪŋ, -wɪð-)
1.  (often immediately postpositive) in spite of; despite
2.  despite the fact that; although
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3.  in spite of that; nevertheless
[C14: not + withstanding, from Old English withstandan, on the model of Medieval Latin non obstante, Old French non obstant]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., notwiþstondynge, from not + prp. of the verb withstand (q.v.). A loan-translation of L. non obstante "being no hindrance."
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Example sentences
I'm glad to hear you are happier post divorce, a bad brief relationship notwithstanding.
Mahan notwithstanding, too few strategists at the time were thinking seriously about sea power.
That notwithstanding, we still have to deal with truth in this society.
And economic reality dictates that it will remain an important part of the
  picture, political posturing notwithstanding.
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