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contravene

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verb con·tra·vene \ˌkän-trə-ˈvēn\

Simple Definition of contravene

  • : to fail to do what is required by (a law or rule)

Full Definition of contravene

con·tra·venedcon·tra·ven·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to go or act contrary to :  violate <contravene a law>

  3. 2 :  to oppose in argument :  contradict <contravene a proposition>

con·tra·ven·er noun

Examples of contravene

  1. The overcrowded dance club contravened safety regulations.

  2. <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

deny, gainsay, contradict, contravene mean to refuse to accept as true or valid. deny implies a firm refusal to accept as true, to grant or concede, or to acknowledge the existence or claims of <denied the charges>. gainsay implies disputing the truth of what another has said <no one can gainsay her claims>. contradict implies an open or flat denial <her account contradicts his>. contravene implies not so much an intentional opposition as some inherent incompatibility <laws that contravene tradition>.


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