[ kon-truh-veen ]
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verb (used with object),con·tra·vened, con·tra·ven·ing.
  1. to come or be in conflict with; go or act against; deny or oppose: to contravene a statement.

  2. 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

Other words from contravene

  • con·tra·ven·er, noun

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How to use contravene in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for contravene


/ (ˌkɒntrəˈviːn) /

  1. to come into conflict with or infringe (rules, laws, etc)

  2. to dispute or contradict (a statement, proposition, etc)

Origin of contravene

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

Derived forms of contravene

  • contravener, noun
  • contravention (ˌkɒntrəˈvɛnʃən), noun

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