Notwithstanding vs. Whereas



Nevertheless, all the same.


(obsolete) Where (that).




In contrast; whilst on the contrary; although.

‘He came first in the race whereas his brother came last.’;


In spite of, despite.


It being the fact that; inasmuch as.


An instance of the word "notwithstanding", often characteristic of legalese.


A clause, as in legal documents, stating whereas.


Without prevention, or obstruction from or by; in spite of.

‘We gentil women beeLoth to displease any wight,Notwithstanding our great right.’; ‘Those on whom Christ bestowed miraculous cures were so transported that their gratitude made them, notwithstanding his prohibition, proclaim the wonders he had done.’;


At which place; where.

‘At last they came whereas that lady bode.’;


Nevertheless; however; although; as, I shall go, notwithstanding it rains.

‘I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. Notwithstanding, in thy days I will not do it.’; ‘They which honor the law as an image of the wisdom of God himself, are, notwithstanding, to know that the same had an end in Christ.’; ‘You did wisely and honestly too, notwithstandingShe is the greatest beauty in the parish.’; ‘These days were ages to him, notwithstanding that he was basking in the smiles of the pretty Mary.’;


Considering that; it being the case that; since; - used to introduce a preamble which is the basis of declarations, affirmations, commands, requests, or like, that follow.


despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession);

‘although I'm a little afraid, however I'd like to try it’; ‘while we disliked each other, nevertheless we agreed’; ‘he was a stern yet fair master’; ‘granted that it is dangerous, all the same I still want to go’;


When in fact; while on the contrary; the case being in truth that; although; - implying opposition to something that precedes; or implying recognition of facts, sometimes followed by a different statement, and sometimes by inferences or something consequent.

‘Are not those found to be the greatest zealots who are most notoriously ignorant? whereas true zeal should always begin with true knowledge.’;


in spite of

‘this small contretemps notwithstanding, they both had a good time’; ‘notwithstanding the evidence, the consensus is that the jury will not reach a verdict’;


nevertheless; in spite of this

‘I didn't like it. Notwithstanding, I remained calm’;


although; in spite of the fact that

‘notwithstanding that the hall was packed with bullies, our champion played on steadily and patiently’;

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