[ kon-truh-veen ]
/ ˌkɒn trəˈvin /

verb (used with object), con·tra·vened, con·tra·ven·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. contrastive stress,
  2. contrasty,
  3. contrasuggestible,
  4. contrate,
  5. contravallation,
  6. contravening,
  7. contravention,
  8. contrayerva,
  9. contre-jour,
  10. contre-partie

Origin of contravene

1560–70; < Late Latin contrāvenīre, equivalent to Latin contrā against + venīre to come

Related formscon·tra·ven·er, noun

Can be confusedcontravene controvert Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for contravene


/ (ˌkɒntrəˈviːn) /

verb (tr)

to come into conflict with or infringe (rules, laws, etc)
to dispute or contradict (a statement, proposition, etc)
Derived Formscontravener, nouncontravention (ˌkɒntrəˈvɛnʃən), noun

Word Origin for contravene

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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