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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Notwithstanding, prep., quasi-conj., and adv. Also: -witht-. [e.m.E. and late ME. notwithstanding (c 1402), notwiþstondynge (Wyclif).] Nochtwithstanding.See OED., s.v., sense 1 b, for some further examples of (2).(1) 1533 Boece xvii. vii. 632 b.
Notwithstanding this bost & mynassing of Inglishmen
1540 Lynd. Sat. 3473 (Ch.).
Notwithstanding He luifit vs sa that [etc.]
a1578 Pitsc. I. 167/25.
Bot notwithtstanding the duik … was suirlie adwertissit be his freindis of the Kingis malice
1579 Acts III. 179/2.
Quha notwithstanding salbe haldin [etc.]
1587 Ib. 475/2. 1615 Fraserburgh Kirk S. 10 Jan.
The said John notwithstanding is lopin back
?a1640 Copie of a Baron's Court (1821) 28.
Yet notwithstanding he will play the lown
1651 Blairs P. 146.
That he did not kyth his freind … notwithstanding that his father kythed his great freind quhan he was heir in prisone
(2) 1597 James VI Dæmonol. 57.
Yee must notwithstanding thereof note my phrase of speaking in that
1621 Acts IV. 610/1.
And that notwithstanding of the preceiding … practike of this kingdome
1695 Minnigaff Par. Rec. 6.
Notwithstanding of the ministers absence

Notwithstanding prep., adv.

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