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English definition of “contravention”

contravention

noun [C or U]     /ˌkɒntrəˈvenʃən/ formal
an action that is against a law or rule, or that is not what you promised or were expected to do: (a) contravention of sth The use of unguarded candles is a contravention of the 1981 Hotels & Boarding House Act.be in contravention of sth We are trying to understand in what way we may have been in contravention of the law. Council may serve a contravention notice if the builder fails to submit plans before starting construction work.
(Definition of contravention noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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