Simple Definition of contravene
: to fail to do what is required by (a law or rule)
Examples of contravene
The overcrowded dance club contravened safety regulations.
<the unauthorized reproduction of the image contravenes copyright laws>
Origin of contravene
Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French contrevenir, from Late Latin contravenire, from Latin contra- + venire to come — more at come
First Known Use: 1567
Synonym Discussion of contravene
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