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contravene

[ kon-truh-veen ]
/ ˌkɒn trəˈvin /
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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.

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Origin of contravene

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

OTHER WORDS FROM contravene

con·tra·ven·er, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH contravene

contravene , controvert
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How to use contravene in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for contravene

contravene
/ (ˌkɒntrəˈviːn) /

verb (tr)

to come into conflict with or infringe (rules, laws, etc)
to dispute or contradict (a statement, proposition, etc)

Derived forms of contravene

contravener, nouncontravention (ˌkɒntrəˈvɛnʃən), noun

Word Origin for contravene

C16: from Late Latin contrāvenīre, from Latin contra- + venīre to come
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