contravention

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Most messages sent by the system are Amber Alerts, usually involving children who have been taken by one of their parents in contravention of a court order. Ian Austen, BostonGlobe.com, "Ontario warned of a nuclear ‘emergency,’ then said never mind," 12 Jan. 2020 Romeo says she was driven to the Weston and Davie police stations by an unidentified officer who failed to radio in her movements in contravention of department policies. Mario Ariza, sun-sentinel.com, "Woman says Scott Rothstein ordered her arrest. Broward Sheriff’s Office settles for $1.2 million.," 11 Dec. 2019 Carlineo also pled guilty to owning guns, in contravention of restrictions placed upon him after a 1998 felony criminal mischief conviction, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York said on Monday. Josiah Bates, Time, "Rep. Ilhan Omar Asks Judge for 'Compassion' When Sentencing Man Who Threatened Her Life," 19 Nov. 2019 Many marchers wore masks in contravention of a government ban on facial coverings at public assemblies, meant to deter participation in protests. Time, "Unrest Continues Unabated in Hong Kong as March on Rail Terminus Degenerates into Arson and Street Battles," 20 Oct. 2019 American warnings had, to this point, deterred Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan from invading northern Syria to attack its Kurdish enemies in contravention of a clear U.S. interest. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "The Problem with Trump’s ‘Normandy Doctrine’," 11 Oct. 2019 One by one, Friedman has taken steps and crossed lines, going where no U.S. ambassador has gone and upturning decades of policy, often in contravention of international law. latimes.com, "Today: Trump’s Envoy of Discord in Israel," 9 July 2019 This was in contravention of international definitions of indigeneity. Zoe Cormack, Quartz Africa, "Kenya’s huge wind power project might be great for the environment but not for local communities," 3 Sep. 2019 One by one, Friedman has taken steps and crossed lines, going where no U.S. ambassador has gone and upturning decades of policy, often in contravention of international law. latimes.com, "Today: Trump’s Envoy of Discord in Israel," 9 July 2019

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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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The first known use of contravention was in 1579

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24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Contravention.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contravention. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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