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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • preposition In spite of.
  • adverb All the same; nevertheless.
  • conjunction In spite of the fact that; although.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • Nevertheless; however; although.
  • notwithstanding; although.
  • preposition Without prevention, or obstruction from or by; in spite of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb Nevertheless, all the same.
  • conjunction Although.
  • preposition In spite of, despite.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English notwithstandinge (translation of Medieval Latin nōn obstante) : not, not; see not + withstanding, present participle of withstanden, to resist; see withstand.]

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Middle English notwithstandinge, from a calque from Latin nōn obstante ("not standing")


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  • An unusual preposition in that its complement can either precede it or follow it, without any significant distinction in meaning or grammar: 'your objections notwithstanding' = 'notwithstanding your objections'.

    Contrast with 'aside' and 'apart', where the premodified and postmodified patterns are different, and with 'ago' which can only be premodified. (So also 'three weeks on', where the premodification has a different meaning to the usual use of 'on'.)

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