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[kon-truh-ven-shuh n] /ˌkɒn trəˈvɛn ʃən/
an act of contravening; action counter to something; violation or opposition.
1570-80; contravene + -tion; compare Middle French contrevention Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for contravention
  • The use of emissions intensity is in contravention of this critical task.
  • Politicians who produce laws in direct contravention to basic human rights should stand trial for crimes against humanity.
  • Furthermore, the contravention of a free market solution should be no more extensive than necessary.
  • Here, appellants have not shown that the contractual limitation was unreasonable or in contravention of public policy.
  • Whatever is done in contravention of a prohibitory law is void, although the nullity be not formally directed.
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Encyclopedia Article for contravention

three classifications of criminal offense that are central to the administration of justice in many Roman- and civil-law countries (for distinctions in Anglo-American law covering analogous offenses, see felony and misdemeanour). Crimes in French law are the most serious offenses, punishable by death or prolonged imprisonment. A delit is any offense punishable by a short prison sentence, usually from one to five years, or a fine. Contraventions are minor offenses.

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