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Meaning of NOTWITHSTANDING

Pronunciation:  `nâtwidh'standing

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adv]  despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession); "although I'm a little afraid, however I'd like to try it"; "while we disliked each other, nevertheless we agreed"; "he was a stern yet fair master"; "granted that it is dangerous, all the same I still want to go"
 

NOTWITHSTANDING is a 15 letter word that starts with N.

 

 Synonyms: all the same, even so, however, nevertheless, nonetheless, still, withal, yet
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Not`with*stand"ing\, prep.
    Without prevention, or obstruction from or by; in spite of.
    
          We gentil women bee Loth to displease any wight,
          Notwithstanding our great right.         --Chaucer's
                                                   Dream.
    
          Those on whom Christ bestowed miraculous cures were so
          transported that their gratitude made them,
          notwithstanding his prohibition, proclaim the wonders
          he had done.                             --Dr. H. More.
    
    Note: Notwithstanding was, by Johnson and Webster, viewed as
          a participle absolute, an English equivalent of the
          Latin non obstante. Its several meanings, either as
          preposition, adverb, or conjunction, are capable of
          being explained in this view. Later grammarians, while
          admitting that the word was originally a participle,
          and can be treated as such, prefer to class it as a
          preposition or disjunctive conjunction.
    
    Syn: In spite of; despite.
    
    Usage: {Notwithstanding}, {In spite of}, {Despite}. These
           words and phrases are often interchanged, but there is
           a difference between them, chiefly in strength.
           Notwithstanding is the weaker term, and simply points
           to some obstacle that may exist; as, I shall go,
           notwithstanding the rain. In spite or despite of has
           reference primarily to active opposition to be
           encountered from others; as, ``I'll be, in man's
           despite, a monarch; '' ``I'll keep mine own, despite
           of all the world.'' --Shak. Hence, these words, when
           applied to things, suppose greater opposition than
           notwithstanding. We should say. ''He was thrust rudely
           out of doors in spite of his entreaties,'' rather than
           ``notwithstanding''. On the other hand, it would be
           more civil to say, ``Notwithstanding all you have
           said, I must still differ with you.''
    
    
    
    
  2. \Not`with*stand"ing\, adv. or conj. [Originally
    the participle of withstand, with not prefixed.]
    Nevertheless; however; although; as, I shall go,
    notwithstanding it rains.
    
          I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give
          it to thy servant. Notwithstanding, in thy days I will
          not do it.                               --1 Kings xi.
                                                   11, 12.
    
          They which honor the law as an image of the wisdom of
          God himself, are, notwithstanding, to know that the
          same had an end in Christ.               --Hooker.
    
          You did wisely and honestly too, notwithstanding She is
          the greatest beauty in the parish.       --Fielding.
    
    {Notwithstanding that}, notwithstanding; although.
    
             These days were ages to him, notwithstanding that he
             was basking in the smiles of the pretty Mary. --W.
                                                   Irving.
    
    
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: after all, again, albeit, all the same, although, at all events, at any rate, but, despite, even, even so, for all that, howbeit, however, in any case, in any event, in spite, just the same, nevertheless, nonetheless, rather, regardless of, still, though, when, yet
 

 

 

 

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