con·​tra·​vene | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈvēn How to pronounce contravene (audio) \
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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Such a move would contravene sanctions, triggering the yacht’s impoundment. Nick Kostov And Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, 5 Mar. 2022 Immediate expulsions clearly contravene that principle, something government lawyers don’t deny. Felipe De La Hoz, The New Republic, 22 Feb. 2022 National leaders, from German Chancelor Angela Merkel to President Biden condemned Hamas but remained silent about the Israeli military attacks that contravene international law. Madhvi Ramani, The Week, 2 June 2021 Compassion fatigue can result from exposure to traumatized individuals; moral distress and moral injury are newly ascendent concepts, occurring when workers are forced to act in ways that contravene their values or ideals. Clayton Dalton, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2021 This would contravene the Constitutional Declaration and the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people and is utterly unacceptable. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 This would contravene the Constitutional Declaration and the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people and is utterly unacceptable. Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2021 Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida which contravene public health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention., 13 Aug. 2021 In practice, however, captains usually defer to the pilots’ expertise and rarely contravene their commands, several ship officers who have traversed the canal said in interviews., 18 July 2021 See More

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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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28 Mar 2022

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“Contravene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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