What is Notwithstanding?

Notwithstanding is used in legal contract clauses. The main purpose of the word is to establish the independence of other statements and clauses in the contract. Let us suppose Clause (i) in a contract establishes certain conditions and statements. If Clause (ii) establishes different conditions and statements and states “notwithstanding Clause (i),” it means the conditions in Clause (ii) will uphold, regardless of Clause (i). The word is often used on clauses that are critically important, which require restricted mutability of the clause.

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