Notwithstanding Not`with*stand"ing, prep. Without prevention, or obstruction from or by; in spite of. [1913 Webster]

We gentil women bee Loth to displease any wight, Notwithstanding our great right. --Chaucer's Dream. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Syn: In spite of; despite.

Usage: {Notwithstanding}, {In spite of}, {Despite}. Of these, only notwithstanding can be used postpositively; as, I will go, the weather notwithstanding. With respect to meaning, 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.'' [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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