Definition of notwithstanding preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

notwithstanding

 preposition
preposition
BrE BrE//ˌnɒtwɪθˈstændɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌnɑːtwɪθˈstændɪŋ//
 
; BrE BrE//ˌnɒtwɪðˈstændɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌnɑːtwɪðˈstændɪŋ//
 
 
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(formal) (also used following the noun it refers to) without being affected by something; despite something Notwithstanding some major financial problems, the school has had a successful year. The bad weather notwithstanding, the event was a great success. Word Origin late Middle English: from not + withstanding, present participle of withstand, on the pattern of Old French non obstant ‘not providing an obstacle to’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: notwithstanding

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