verb (used with object), con·tra·vened, con·tra·ven·ing.
- contrastive stress,
Origin of contravene
Examples from the Web for contravening
Nor did Buddhism for a long time think of contravening the last injunctions of its Founder.Buddhism, In its Connexion With Brahmanism and Hinduism, and In Its Contrast with Christianity|Sir Monier Monier-Williams
Many were both, but it was a disputed question whether they were not in this contravening their rule.Medival Wales|A. G. Little
The assertion of the rapid obsolescence of ships of war will be dwelt upon, in the hopes of contravening it.Lessons of the war with Spain and other articles|Alfred T. Mahan
An employer under it can be punished as contravening the Munitions Act if he fails to carry out the direction of the Minister.Women and War Work|Helen Fraser
Cures for infectious sheep disease or for rinderpest amongst the cattle are opposed as contravening the intentions of Providence.South Africa and the Boer-British War, Volume I|J. Castell Hopkins
Word Origin for contravene
1640s, verbal noun from contravene; from 1802 as a present participle adjective.
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.