[kon-truh-ven-shuh n]


an act of contravening; action counter to something; violation or opposition.

Nearby words

  1. contrasuggestible,
  2. contrate,
  3. contravallation,
  4. contravene,
  5. contravening,
  6. contrayerva,
  7. contre-jour,
  8. contre-partie,
  9. contrecoup,
  10. contrecoup injury of brain

Origin of contravention

1570–80; contravene + -tion; compare Middle French contrevention Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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