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.

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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Contemporary Examples of contravened

  • Bush 41, faced with a recession, rising debt and a war, contravened his own body-part-specific campaign pledge and raised taxes.

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    The Right Stifles Debate

    Christopher Buckley

    March 19, 2010

Historical Examples of contravened

British Dictionary definitions for contravened


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 contravened



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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