contravention

noun
con·​tra·​ven·​tion | \ˌkän-trə-ˈven(t)-shən \

Definition of contravention 

: the act of contravening : violation

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Examples of contravention in a Sentence

a clandestine weapons program that was a contravention of the international arms agreement

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The initial plan was to buy the player outright, but due to getting fined by UEFA for their contravention of FFP regulations, the Super Lig side are now looking for a temporary move for the midfielder. SI.com, "Leicester City Midfielder Adrien Silva Wanted by Galatasaray Despite Financial Fair Play Concerns," 14 June 2018 By protecting Iran’s access to the Swift network, Germany hopes to preserve Europe’s ability to pay for Iranian oil, and receive payment for European exports, in contravention of U.S. sanctions. Richard Goldberg And, WSJ, "To Help Iran, Angela Merkel Tries to Pull a Fast One With Swift," 20 June 2018 Goldsmith then filed a petition before the Labor Commission alleging that JLI had procured work for him as an unlicensed agent in contravention of California's Talent Agencies Act. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Docket: "Most Interesting Man"; Dr. Luke v. Kesha; 'Goldie and Bear' Lawsuit," 1 June 2018 Europe’s sweeping new data privacy law came into effect this morning, and Google and Facebook have already been hit with formal complaints over alleged contraventions. Alan Murray, Fortune, "North Korea, GDPR Day, Xiaomi IPO: CEO Daily for May 25, 2018," 25 May 2018 In this case, the United States and West as a whole are attempting to send an unequivocal message to Moscow: Using military-grade nerve agents brazenly in a sovereign state is unacceptable and in contravention to all international norms. Nina Jankowicz, The New Republic, "At What Point Can We Say Trump Is Sabotaging Russia Policy?," 28 Mar. 2018 Zuckerberg was responding to revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a political firm that worked for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, gained access to data on some 50 million users, in contravention of Facebook’s rules for data access. Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle, "Mark Zuckerberg finally says ‘sorry’ for Facebook data debacle," 21 Mar. 2018 Any federal crime involving wildlife, from leading an organized network of wildlife trafficking in contravention of U.S. smuggling laws to poaching an animal in violation of the Endangered Species Act, has a base level of six under the guidelines. National Geographic, "Why a Teen Got a 'Light' Sentence For Smuggling a Tiger Cub," 10 Mar. 2018 While it is centrally located, the current building has no setback and looming directly over the street -- in contravention of requirements for embassies built in the war-on-terror era. Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, "U.S.-Mexico ties are strained, but that isn’t stopping the U.S. from building a giant new embassy," 1 Mar. 2018

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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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