But business and branding aside, the event seemed to be a familiar gathering, cocktail dresses not withstanding.
Now nuclear power-station designs and safety systems are capable of withstanding much more serious accidents [than Chernobyl].
Your bold brand of charisma not withstanding, staid types might see outsized expressions of your personality as character defects.
But withstanding political pressure is going to be the least of your problems.
The walls were lightly built, and were incapable of withstanding any heavy battering.
In no extremity are we justified in withstanding him by force.
Remember that for hours we had been at terrific muscular tension, withstanding the awful pressure of that wind.
It is a witchery of social czarship which there is no withstanding.
Their boots were fashionable, but light, and would be of little use in withstanding any severe cold.
It's a withstanding of injustice, past, present, or to come.
Old English wiðstandan, from wið "against" (see with) + standan "to stand" (see stand (v.)); perhaps a loan-translation of Latin resistere "to resist" (see resist). Cf. Old Norse viðstanda, Old Frisian withstonda, Old High German widarstan. In 14c. and early 15c., withsit was in use with the same meaning. Related: Withstood; withstanding.