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 Its management of sporting arenas was exposed earlier this year when a cluster of coronavirus cases came from a boxing event in Bangkok that took place in contravention of lockdown measures. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Almost Like Clockwork, Talk of a Military Coup Follows Thai Protests," 2 Nov. 2020 The advice fit in with Trump’s downplaying of the virus, his ridiculing of those who wear masks to protect themselves and others, and his insistence on holding rallies and White House events in contravention of federal guidelines. Gene Johnson And Peter Prengaman,, "Pandemic survivors enraged by President Trump’s ‘Don’t be afraid of Covid’ tweet: ‘That behavior is an embarrassment’," 6 Oct. 2020 Sharif-Aminu's lawyers, who became involved in the case only after his conviction, say he was not allowed legal representation before or during his trial -- in contravention of Nigerian citizens' constitutional right to legal representation. Eoin Mcsweeney And Stephanie Busari, CNN, "The WhatsApp voice note that led to a death sentence," 29 Sep. 2020 There are private investigators, of course, who find the old techniques irresistible and continue to employ them, often in contravention of the law. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, "Why Private Eyes Are Everywhere Now," 28 Sep. 2020 His lawyers also argue extradition to stand trial risks exposing Mr. Assange to degrading treatment in contravention of U.K. human rights law and undermines his rights to free expression. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Julian Assange’s Request to Delay His Extradition Hearing Is Rejected by U.K. Judge," 7 Sep. 2020 For one thing, Baltimore’s consent decree requires that the city hire more police officers, in contravention of activist calls to greatly reduce spending on policing. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "What Can Mayors Do When the Police Stop Doing Their Jobs?," 3 Sep. 2020 Books deemed to be in contravention of the law have also been removed from stores and libraries. James Griffiths, CNN, "As Hong Kong's academic year begins, it's unclear what can legally be said in a classroom -- and whether student activism is a thing of the past," 3 Sep. 2020 This gathering was purposefully carried out in contravention to Gov. Ducey's stay-at-home order. Katie Surma, azcentral, "Arizona protesters defy stay-at-home order, fueled by economic concern," 2 May 2020

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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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“Contravention.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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