from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- prep. In spite of: The teams played on, notwithstanding the rain.
- adv. All the same; nevertheless: We proceeded, notwithstanding.
- conj. In spite of the fact that; although.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. Nevertheless, all the same.
- conj. Although.
- prep. In spite of, despite.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- prep. Without prevention, or obstruction from or by; in spite of.
- Nevertheless; however; although.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not opposing; not standing in the way or contradicting; not availing to the contrary.
- With following noun, or clause with that: In spite of, or in spite of the fact that; although.
- Synonyms Notwithstanding, In spite of, Despite, for all. Notwithstanding is the least emphatic; it calls attention with some emphasis to an obstacle: as, notwithstanding his youth, he made great progress. In spite of and despite, by the strength of the word spite, point primarily to active opposition: as, in spite of his utmost efforts, he was defeated; and, figuratively, to great obstacles of any kind: as, despite all hindrances, he arrived at the time appointed. Despite is rather loftier and more poetic than the others.
- Followed by a clause with that omitted: In spite of the fact that; although.
- Synonyms Although, Though, etc. See although.
- Nevertheless; however; yet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession)
Middle English notwithstandinge (translation of Medieval Latin nōn obstante) : not, not; see not + withstanding, present participle of withstanden, to resist; see withstand.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English notwithstandinge, from a calque from Latin nōn obstante ("not standing") (Wiktionary)