- 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
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Examples from the Web for contravening
And so he was apprehended, and summarily tried, on a charge of contravening the statute 55 Geo.My Schools and Schoolmasters
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
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
The report of that upright minister did not, by contravening facts, affect to exculpate his country.The Life of George Washington, Vol. 4 (of 5)
Their abuse of it was their own action, and the action consisted not in conforming to, but in contravening, God's will.Theism
- to come into conflict with or infringe (rules, laws, etc)
- to dispute or contradict (a statement, proposition, etc)
C16: from Late Latin contrāvenīre, from Latin contra- + venīre to come
Word Origin and History for contravening
1640s, verbal noun from contravene; from 1802 as a present participle adjective.
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