contravene

verb con·tra·vene \ ˌkän-trə-ˈvēn \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of contravene

contravened; contravening
transitive verb
1 :to go or act contrary to :violate
  • contravene a law
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

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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.

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

contravene Synonyms

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

CONTRAVENE Defined for English Language Learners

contravene

verb

Definition of contravene for English Language Learners

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



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