- an act of contravening; action counter to something; violation or opposition.
Origin of contravention
Examples from the Web for contravention
Such desperate actions are in contravention of their vows and faith to renounce violence in all forms.Obama, Don’t Let Xi Forget China’s Human Rights Record
June 8, 2013
A miracle in the sense of a contravention of natural laws an absurdity.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part II]
Benedict of Spinoza
"Can't be, ma'am; in contravention of all law," rejoined the Collector.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
Any law made in contravention of this section shall be void.Home Rule
These unions were all in contravention of the Levitical law.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
But what mattered the contravention of treaties in comparison with the scenes which followed?Tradition
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).