Simple Definition of contravene
: to fail to do what is required by (a law or rule)
Examples of contravene in a sentence
The overcrowded dance club contravened safety regulations.
<the unauthorized reproduction of the image contravenes copyright laws>
Did You Know?
Contravene is most often used in reference to laws. So a government may take a company to court claiming that its policies are in contravention of national labor laws. The contravention of copyright laws is a big topic today especially where electronic information is involved. And a country might be punished if a trade organization finds that it's contravening international trade agreements.
Origin and Etymology 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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