Definition of contravention in English:


Syllabification: con·tra·ven·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌkäntrəˈvenCHən


  • An action that violates a law, treaty, or other ruling: young persons who commit offenses bear responsibility for their contraventions
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    • At the time of the offence, or the contravention, you will never know whether there has been actual recoupment.
    • I am trying to think of an example of a contravention of this restraining order that would not turn upon presence in the premises.
    • But in both cases, your Honour, one is looking at the misconduct of the contravention.


in contravention of

In a manner contrary and disobedient to (a law or other ruling).
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  • Police chiefs believe such rulings would not be in contravention of human rights legislation although the club has yet to take such action.
  • It appears to be in contravention of international law and the UN Charter.
  • His eavesdropping was indisputably in contravention of the law of the land.


mid 16th century: via French from medieval Latin contraventio(n-), from late Latin contravenire (see contravene).

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