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[kon-truh-veen] /ˌkɒn trəˈvin/
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.
Origin of contravene
1560-70; < Late Latin contrāvenīre, equivalent to Latin contrā against + venīre to come
Related forms
contravener, noun
Can be confused
contravene, controvert. Unabridged
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  • He made the basic decisions to contravene policies established by law and by his own commitments.
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  • 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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  • And all because his willful widow chose to contravene his wishes.
  • Nature is always consistent, though she feigns to contravene her own laws.
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  • The statute does not contravene any state or federal directive regarding the compensation of licensed attorneys.
  • In the case at bar, in our view, the physical impact provision in the policy is valid and does not contravene public policy.
British Dictionary definitions for contravene


verb (transitive)
to come into conflict with or infringe (rules, laws, etc)
to dispute or contradict (a statement, proposition, etc)
Derived Forms
contravener, noun
contravention (ˌkɒntrəˈvɛnʃən) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin contrāvenīre, from Latin contra- + venīre to come
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Word Origin and History for contravene

1560s, from Middle French contravenir "to transgress, decline, depart," from Late Latin contravenire "to come against," in Medieval Latin "to transgress," from Latin contra "against" (see contra) + venire "to come" (see venue). Related: Contravened; contravening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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