Definition of contravene
- contravene a proposition
The overcrowded dance club contravened safety regulations.
the unauthorized reproduction of the image contravenes copyright laws
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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.
: to fail to do what is required by (a law or rule)
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