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English definition of “contravene”

contravene

verb [T]     /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     /ˌkɒn.trəˈven.ʃən/ US  /ˌkɑːn-/ noun [C or U] 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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