contravene

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verb con·tra·vene \ˌkän-trə-ˈvēn\

Definition of contravene

contravened

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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

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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


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

CONTRAVENE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of contravene for English Language Learners

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



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