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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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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.

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