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

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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 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 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 But Democratic leaders are now saying they should be allowed to stay, in contravention of our immigration laws. Marc A. Thiessen, The Mercury News, "Thiessen: Democrats say no one is above the law — except illegal immigrants," 17 July 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 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. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "The provocations of Trump’s ambassador to Israel are upturning decades of U.S. diplomacy," 8 July 2019 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

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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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