contravene

verb
con·tra·vene | \ˌkän-trə-ˈvēn \
contravened; contravening

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

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Other Words from contravene

contravener noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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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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.

Examples of contravene in a Sentence

The overcrowded dance club contravened safety regulations. the unauthorized reproduction of the image contravenes copyright laws

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That doesn’t contravene the summit declaration, but raises questions about North Korea’s willingness to agree to the speedy nuclear-dismantlement measures Mr. Trump has demanded. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Pompeo to Visit North Korea Again, With a View Toward Denuclearization," 2 July 2018 The ruling contravenes a decision from Mr. Favreto’s own court, which ordered Mr. da Silva arrested in April. New York Times, "Judge Orders Brazil to Release Ex-President Lula, Setting Off Legal Uproar," 8 July 2018 The ruling contravenes a decision from Favreto’s own court, which ordered da Silva arrested in April. Ernesto Londoño, BostonGlobe.com, "Judge orders Brazil to release ex-president," 8 July 2018 Facebook contravened the law by failing to safeguard people’s information. Adam Satariano And Sheera Frenkel, BostonGlobe.com, "Facebook is fined by British agency over Cambridge Analytica data leak," 11 July 2018 These measures, which might contravene current international trade agreements, extend from a long history of protectionism, including the Boston Tea Party. Michael D. Breidenbach, The Atlantic, "Raising the American Flag Made in China," 4 July 2018 Florida’s law contravenes our nation’s commitment to dignity and its duty to teach human decency as the mark of a civilized world. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Five times Anthony Kennedy was the fifth vote shows the significance of his retirement," 28 June 2018 The academy is also under fire for contravening its own conflict of interest regulations by providing funding to the cultural forum run by Arnault and his wife Katarina Frostenson, an academy member until two months ago. Zahra Ullah And Judith Vonberg, CNN, "Man at center of Nobel Prize sexual harassment scandal charged with rape," 12 June 2018 The Commerce Department imposed the ban on ZTE for contravening a settlement over selling products to Iran and North Korea. The Economist, "Business this week," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of contravene

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for contravene

Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French contrevenir, from Late Latin contravenire, from Latin contra- + venire to come — more at come

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contravene

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English Language Learners Definition of contravene

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

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