Definition of notwithstanding clause in US English:

notwithstanding clause

noun

Politics
  • Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which allows Parliament and the provincial legislatures to override Charter clauses covering fundamental freedoms and legal and equality rights.

Origin

1980s; earliest use found in The Toronto Star. From notwithstanding + clause, after the wording of Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: ‘the Act or a provision thereof shall operate notwithstanding a provision included in section 2 or sections 7 to 15 of this Charter’.