Pronunciation: (not"wi&thslash;-stan'ding, -with-), [key]
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.
in spite of the fact that; although: It was the same material, notwithstanding the texture seemed different.
nevertheless; anyway; yet: We were invited notwithstanding.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.