One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In a manner contrary and disobedient to (a law or other ruling).
- ‘If an organisation says something is a bargain it may be in contravention of the consumer protection act.’
- ‘That's in contravention of his contract.’
- ‘‘I saw a lot of things at those buildings that might be in contravention of the housing code,’ he says.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Lord Morrison wrote recently in the angling press that the Bill could be in contravention of European law and the Convention on Human Rights as there are no proposals to compensate for loss of income.’
- ‘They also paid dividends of £60,000 to themselves, of which £32,402 was in contravention of the Companies Act.’
- ‘He noted that this was in contravention of orders.’
- ‘It's an illegal occupation in contravention of municipal law, done with absolute arrogance to suppress freedom of dissent and freedom of speech.’
- ‘His eavesdropping was indisputably in contravention of the law of the land.’
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