con·​tra·​ven·​tion | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈven(t)-shən How to pronounce contravention (audio) \

Definition of contravention

: the act of contravening : violation

Examples of contravention in a Sentence

a clandestine weapons program that was a contravention of the international arms agreement
Recent Examples on the Web While Trump was in office the North Koreans continued producing fissile material and tested short range ballistic missiles in contravention of UN Security Council prohibitions. Peter Bergen, CNN, 28 May 2022 The order also allows DOI’s agencies to direct LWCF funds in accordance with a budget established by the president, not Congress, in contravention of how the GAOA is written. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 17 Nov. 2020 Life imprisonment is the prescribed punishment for murder or contravention of the Aviation Security Act 1982. CNN, 23 Dec. 2021 Fund managers and financial institutions have relatively specific departmental needs, strict, clearly defined governance requirements and business models that would be decimated by contravention of these. Francois Botha, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 That continues to amass nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them in contravention of its global treaty obligations. Danielle Pletka, National Review, 12 Feb. 2022 The Serbian government has been asked to submit comments to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) by tomorrow, after extraditing dissident Ahmed Jaafar Mohamed Ali to Bahrain in contravention of an earlier order by the court. Dominic Dudley, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 The executive had visited the Wimbledon tennis finals in London during that month, in contravention of U.K. COVID regulations at the time, Reuters reported. Marion Halftermeyer, Fortune, 17 Jan. 2022 Turkey will continue to assert its interests aggressively, usually in contravention of Russia’s, unless the U.S. gives it a reason to prioritize other issues. Ric Grenell And Andrew L. Peek, WSJ, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of contravention

1579, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for contravention

Middle French, from Late Latin contravenire

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9 Jun 2022

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“Contravention.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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