notwithstanding (prep.) late 14c., notwiþstondynge, from NOT (Cf. not) + prp. of the verb WITHSTAND (Cf. withstand). A loan-translation of M.L. non obstante "being no hindrance," from ablative of obstans, prp. of obstare "stand opposite to" (see OBSTACLE (Cf. obstacle)). As an adverb and as a conjunction from early 15c.

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