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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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of contravene

contravened

contravening

  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>

contravener

noun

Examples of contravene in a sentence

  1. The overcrowded dance club contravened safety regulations.

  2. <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

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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