verb (used with object), con·tra·vened, con·tra·ven·ing.
- contrastive stress,
Origin of contravene
Examples from the Web for contravene
But do not the turnpikes, or fall-stops, with which these rivers are thickset, contravene also the rights of nature?
Still more distinctly did he contravene the general tendency of scientific explanation.
I have related facts, and to attempt to contravene them would be as futile as to endeavour to breast the billows of the Atlantic.Letters of George Borrow|George Borrow
But among these invalided articles were a few whose condition accidentally revealed attempts to contravene the postal laws.Post Haste|R.M. Ballantyne
He then hastened to the Assembly to contravene any measures the King might ask in opposition.The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete|Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
Word Origin 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.