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Notwithstanding my fear, I want to try parachuting from an airplane.
  in spite of; or in spite of the thing mentioned
(Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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  • Notwithstanding my fear, I want to try parachuting from an airplane.
  • Notwithstanding other provisions of this contract, employee may be fired immediately if there is any material misrepresentation on employee’s resume or job application.
  • My fear notwithstanding, I want to try parachuting from an airplane.
  • Linton would have another, and after that another, notwithstanding my strenuous objections;
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights

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  • [M]y mother adopted into our family, notwithstanding our poverty, an orphan boy, to whom afterward we gave the name of James B. Washington.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Sometimes, notwithstanding the cold, a couple came on to the balcony and stood for a moment to get some fresh air; and Philip, imagining that they were in love with one another, turned away and limped along the street with a heavy hurt.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • ANTONIO: I am the unhappy subject of these quarrels.
    PORTIA: Sir, grieve not you; you are welcome notwithstanding.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Oberon: [After explaining that they are spirits that are not troubled by sunlight]:  But, notwithstanding, haste; make no delay: We may effect this business yet ere day.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Cassio:
    Iago hath direction what to do;
    But, notwithstanding, with my personal eye
    Will I look to’t.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • With us food is pretty scarce and none too good at that—turnips cut into six pieces and boiled in water, and unwashed carrot tops—mouldy potatoes are tit-bits... Everything gets eaten, notwithstanding,
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front

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  • Notwithstanding terrifically wide sweep (some thirty feet or more) and the its hissing vigor of its descent, sufficient to sunder these very walls of iron, still the fraying of my robe would be all that, for several minutes, it would accomplish.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • [After Scrooge was rude] His nephew left the room without an angry word, notwithstanding.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • That our garments, being, as they were, drenched in the sea, hold notwithstanding their freshness and glosses, being rather new-dyed than stain’d with salt water.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • She came from Devonshire and, notwithstanding her many years of service in London, had never lost the breadth of her accent.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Such a supposition, notwithstanding what we read in fiction, is altogether inconsistent with real existence;—but where and in what state was I?
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • "But I see it," said the Ghost, "notwithstanding."
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • In Philip, notwithstanding his shyness, he felt the possibility of a passion equal to his own.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • But there were signs notwithstanding that even there changes were coming; for a few, repeating what they had heard at home, said that the Church was no longer what it used to be.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • He was clean-shaven, and his mouth, notwithstanding its thin lips, was well-shaped.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Herr Sung smiled in the Frau Professor’s eyes, and notwithstanding her protests insisted on pouring out a glass of wine for her.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • But notwithstanding when Miss Price on the following Sunday offered to take him to the Louvre Philip accepted.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The life of Paris had got into his bones, and he would not change it, notwithstanding its squalor, drudgery, and hardship, for any other in the world.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Notwithstanding the poor condition of our plantation cabin, we were at all times sure of pure air.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Notwithstanding my success at Mrs. Ruffner’s I did not give up the idea of going to the Hampton Institute.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Notwithstanding his affliction, he worked almost constantly night and day for the cause to which he had given his life.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • He served well and as he ran clumsily played close to the net: notwithstanding his club-foot he was quick, and it was difficult to get a ball past him.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Notwithstanding my need of money and clothing, I was very happy in the fact that I had secured enough money to pay my travelling expenses back to Hampton.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • he remained at the studio, notwithstanding the protests of those who suffered too bitterly from his attacks, because there could be no doubt that he was one of the best masters in Paris.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • That was not her real name, but by that she was distinguished at Gravier’s to emphasise the picture’s beauty notwithstanding the somewhat revolting peculiarity of the sitter’s appearance.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • "Notwithstanding," he said, thoroughly annoyed.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Mr. Dell Duke wasn’t friend material because he was the wrong age and, female lemurs notwithstanding, we appeared to have absolutely nothing in common.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • Besides, Tom Price notwithstanding, the life I’m living is big enough for me.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • This was against my nature, philosophy notwithstanding.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I had not anticipated the possibility that my request might put him in any danger, and I hesitated, but he seemed game to try, danger notwithstanding.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Ever since I have been old enough to think for myself, I have entertained the idea that, notwithstanding the cruel wrongs inflicted upon us, the black man got nearly as much out of slavery as the white man did.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Your outrage notwithstanding, you still need to prove the parents are deceased.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Mercy is superior to justice, the shallow-hearted to the contrary notwithstanding.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • "Our relationship with Erudite notwithstanding, we know better than any faction how essential their role in this society is," she says.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • I did know that many women in Kilanga were more seriously disfigured and had husbands notwithstanding.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • This was only to keep Laila a step or two ahead of her class, not because he disapproved of the work assigned by the school-the propaganda teaching notwithstanding.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Yet notwithstanding all this, the boy grew more and more melancholy and pale and dejected.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • I shall go, notwithstanding.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I was undisturbed by thoughts which during the preceding year had pressed upon me, notwithstanding my endeavours to throw them off, with an invincible burden.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • ’And notwithstanding a offered reward of ten pound, which was afterwards increased to twenty pound.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • I know something’s wrong between you two, passionate alley make-out sessions notwithstanding.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Accordingly, the marriage took place on the 16th, notwithstanding the public merrymaking.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I had so much time to spare, that the proposal came as a relief, notwithstanding its irreconcilability with my latent desire to keep my eye on the coach-office.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Haley, notwithstanding that he was a very old bird, and naturally inclined to be suspicious of chaff, was rather brought up by this view of the case.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • At this time, Anna,* my intended wife, came on; for I wrote to her immediately after my arrival at New York, (notwithstanding my homeless, houseless, and helpless condition,) informing her of my successful flight, and wishing her to come on forthwith.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
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