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A clause in a statute or letter patent conveying a dispensation from a monarch or other executive to perform an action notwithstanding any statute to the contrary. Also in "clause of non-obstante". Now historical.
Designating a clause, licence, etc., beginning with the expression non obstante.
Notwithstanding. Frequently used postpositively; also in "non obstante veredicto": notwithstanding the verdict.
Late Middle English. From post-classical Latin non obstante notwithstanding from classical Latin nōn not + obstante, ablative singular of present participle of obstāre to be in the way.
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