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.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for contravening

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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