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verb (used with object), con·tra·vened, con·tra·ven·ing.
  1. to come or be in conflict with; go or act against; deny or oppose: to contravene a statement.
  2. to violate, infringe, or transgress: to contravene the law.
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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
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Related Words for contravene

hinder, overstep, impugn, violate, repudiate, disobey, interfere, infringe, negate, breach, defy, transgress, exclude, resist, intrude, spurn, combat, cross, encroach, interpose

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Historical Examples of contravene

  • Nature is always consistent, though she feigns to contravene her own laws.

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    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • All who contravene these orders will be tried by court-martial.

  • Arsinoe did not contravene the arrangements of the two women.

  • 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for contravene


verb (tr)
  1. to come into conflict with or infringe (rules, laws, etc)
  2. to dispute or contradict (a statement, proposition, etc)
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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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