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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • prep. Notwithstanding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A clause in old English statutes and letters patent, designating a licence from the crown to do a thing notwithstanding any laws to the contrary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Notwithstanding; in opposition to, or in spite of, what has been stated, or is to be stated or admitted.
  • A clause in old English statutes and letters patent, importing a license from the crown to do a thing notwithstanding any statute to the contrary. This dispensing power was abolished by the Bill of Rights.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Notwithstanding; in opposition to what has been stated or admitted or is to be stated or admitted.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Medieval Latin nōn obstante (aliquō statūtō in contrārium), notwithstanding (any statute to the contrary) : Latin nōn, not + Latin obstante, ablative present participle of obstāre, to withstand.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin (Wiktionary)

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