Duhaime's Law Dictionary Notwithstanding Definition: In spite of, even if, without regard to or impediment by other things. In Canada v Canadian Airlines, Justice Hansen noted:"[N]otwithstanding means in spite of, without regard to or prevention by. The courts, in a number of instances, have accepted that the plain meaning of notwithstanding is in spite of."In Sanchez-Rodriguez, Justice Graci rejected the proposal that notwithstanding could mean in addition to and, instead, adopted this definition:"... in spite of ... despite ...."The term is often used in conjunction with statutory provisions, as in "notwithstanding all or any contrary law".REFERENCES:Canada (Human Rights Commission) v. Canadian Airlines International Ltd., 2001 FCT 840Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Sanchez-Rodriguez, 814 A. 2d 1234 (2003)Re Mattabi Mines Ltd. and Mine Assessor, 72 O.R. (2d) 88 (1990)Mitchell Estate, 25 B.C.L.R. (3d) 249 Stone Street Capital, LLC v. California State Lottery Com., 165 Cal. App. 4th 109 (2008)Wisener v. Wisener Estate, 2000 ABQB 162 Always looking up definitions? Save time with our search provider (modern browsers only) If you find an error or omission in Duhaime's Law Dictionary, or if you have suggestion for a legal term, we'd love to hear from you!