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
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.
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