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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.
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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  • Humans have an intuition about essences, and the idea of evolution contravenes our expectation of invariant essences.
  • Neither party should undertake any activity that contravenes road map obligations or prejudices the final status negotiations.
  • No proceeding or decision of the ombudsman may be reviewed in any court, unless it contravenes the provisions of this chapter.
British Dictionary definitions for contravenes


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 contravenes



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.

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