verb (used with object), contravened, contravening.
to come or be in conflict with; go or act against; deny or oppose: to contravene a statement.
to violate, infringe, or transgress: to contravene the law.

1560–70; < Late Latin contrāvenīre, equivalent to Latin contrā against + venīre to come

contravener, noun

contravene, controvert. Unabridged
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contravene (ˌkɒntrəˈviːn)
1.  to come into conflict with or infringe (rules, laws, etc)
2.  to dispute or contradict (a statement, proposition, etc)
[C16: from Late Latin contrāvenīre, from Latin contra- + venīre to come]

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Word Origin & History

1560s, from M.Fr. contravenir "to transgress, decline, depart," from L. contravenire "to come against," in M.L. "to transgress," from L. contra "against" + venire "to come" (see venue). Related: Contravened (1650s).
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Example sentences
He made the basic decisions to contravene policies established by law and by
  his own commitments.
So, anyone who seeks to contravene this implied contract will have trouble.
But the name has given rise to expectations that contravene reality.
Critics claim that such tests contravene the spirit, if not the letter, of the
  test-ban treaty.
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