- 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
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Examples from the Web for contravene
Nature is always consistent, though she feigns to contravene her own laws.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
All who contravene these orders will be tried by court-martial.The Philippine Islands
Arsinoe did not contravene the arrangements of the two women.The Emperor, Complete
The only prescription is that it shall not contravene the provisions of the proclamation.
Going to bed early does not contravene or anticipate the difficulty.Opium Eating
- to come into conflict with or infringe (rules, laws, etc)
- to dispute or contradict (a statement, proposition, etc)
C16: from Late Latin contrāvenīre, from Latin contra- + venīre to come
Word Origin and History for contravene
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