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Definition 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.)
  • Notwithstanding other provisions of this contract, employee may be fired immediately if there is any material misrepresentation on employee's resume or job application.
notwithstanding = in spite of (used to connect contrasting ideas)

(In this case, even if other parts of the contract protect the employee from being fired without notice, the employee can be fired immediately for these reasons. The other parts of the contract do not withstand this part.)
  • My fear notwithstanding, I want to try parachuting from an airplane.
  • notwithstanding = in spite of the thing mentioned (In this case, my fear.  My fear does not withstand my desire to try parachuting. My desire is stronger than my fear.) (used to connect contrasting ideas)
  • Notwithstanding my fear, I want to try parachuting from an airplane.
  • notwithstanding = in spite of (used to connect contrasting ideas)
  • Linton would have another, and after that another, notwithstanding my strenuous objections;
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • notwithstanding = in spite of (In this case, my strenuous objections did not keep him from drinking) (used to connect contrasting ideas)
  • [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
  • notwithstanding = despite
  • [After Scrooge was rude] His nephew left the room without an angry word, notwithstanding.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • notwithstanding = despite what just happened
  • 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
  • notwithstanding = despite
  • ANTONIO: I am the unhappy subject of these quarrels.
    PORTIA: Sir, grieve not you; you are welcome notwithstanding.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • notwithstanding = despite what was just said
  • 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
  • notwithstanding = despite what was just said
  • 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
  • notwithstanding = despite what was just said
  • 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
  • notwithstanding = despite what was just said
  • 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
  • notwithstanding = despite
  • At the bottom of his heart, notwithstanding everything, he felt that a strange, desperate thirst for that vile woman would always linger.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • He simply could not do a thing which, notwithstanding all his reason, he felt was horrible.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The awful fear seized him that his uncle, notwithstanding his promises, might leave everything he had to the parish or the church.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Notwithstanding the war there was evidently much difficulty in finding work, for when Philip went to the shop many men were waiting already.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The air was musty; and the room, notwithstanding Philip's tidying up, had the bedraggled look which seemed to accompany Cronshaw wherever he went.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • He felt a bitter hatred for Griffiths, but for Mildred, notwithstanding all that had passed, only a heartrending desire.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Notwithstanding, use your pleasure; if your love do not persuade you to come, let not my letter.'
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Notwithstanding these experiences, there was almost no complaining on the part of the students.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography

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