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contravene

verb con·tra·vene \ˌkän-trə-ˈvēn\

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

con·tra·venedcon·tra·ven·ing

Full Definition of CONTRAVENE

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

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