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[kon-truh-ven-shuh n]
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  1. an act of contravening; action counter to something; violation or opposition.
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Origin of contravention

1570–80; contravene + -tion; compare Middle French contrevention
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  • A miracle in the sense of a contravention of natural laws an absurdity.

  • "Can't be, ma'am; in contravention of all law," rejoined the Collector.

  • Any law made in contravention of this section shall be void.

    Home Rule

    Harold Spender

  • These unions were all in contravention of the Levitical law.


    William Graham Sumner

  • But what mattered the contravention of treaties in comparison with the scenes which followed?


    John Francis Arundell

Word Origin and History for contravention


1570s, from Middle French contravention, from Vulgar Latin *contraventionem, noun of action from past participle stem of contravenire (see contravene).

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