Meaning of notwithstanding

not•with•stand•ing

Pronunciation: (not"wi-stan'ding, -with-), [key]
— prep.
  1. in spite of; without being opposed or prevented by: Notwithstanding a brilliant defense, he was found guilty. She went to the game anyway, doctor's orders notwithstanding.
—conj.
  1. in spite of the fact that; although: It was the same material, notwithstanding the texture seemed different.
—adv.
  1. nevertheless; anyway; yet: We were invited notwithstanding.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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