[ 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.

Origin of contravene

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

Related forms

con·tra·ven·er, noun

Can be confused

contravene controvert Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for contravening


/ (ˌkɒntrəˈviːn) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived Forms

contravener, nouncontravention (ˌkɒntrəˈvɛnʃən), noun

Word Origin for contravene

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