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contravene

verb [T] uk   /ˌkɒn.trəˈviːn/ us    /ˌkɑːn-/ formal
to do something that a law or rule does not allow, or to break a law or rule: This contravenes the Race Relations Act.Obeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviour
contravention
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌkɒn.trəˈven.ʃən/ us    /ˌkɑːn-/
By accepting the money, she was in contravention of company regulations.Obeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviour
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