Meaning of NOTWITHSTANDING in English


/not'widh stan"ding, -with-/ , prep.

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.


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


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

[ 1350-1400; ME (prep., adv., and conj.); see NOT, WITHSTAND, -ING 2 ]

Syn. 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.

Ant. 1. because of, on account of.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .