contravene implies not so much an intentional opposition as some inherent incompatibility.
laws that contravene tradition
He denied the report that he would be quitting his job.
She denies all the charges that have been made against her.
The police deny that racism is a problem in the department.
Yes, I was there. I don't deny it.
The judge denied their request.
a government that denies its citizens basic freedoms See More
Recent Examples on the WebMarrocco pleaded guilty to trying to coerce a Macomb County developer into buying tickets to a campaign fundraiser by threatening to delay or deny the approval of the developer’s permit.—Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 27 Jan. 2023 The letter said the attorney general’s office has reviewed reports MSG Entertainment has used facial recognition to identify and deny entry to multiple lawyers affiliated with law firms involved in ongoing litigation with the company.—Samantha Beech, CNN, 26 Jan. 2023 Having the confidence to accept or deny a request will give you more control and help establish boundaries at work.—Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 24 Jan. 2023 The bank consented to the fine, a Popular Bank spokeswoman said, though the Fed order said the bank didn’t formally admit to or deny the allegations.—Richard Vanderford, WSJ, 24 Jan. 2023 The current language of that law specifies that theaters, music halls and concert halls cannot deny entry to a ticket holder who arrives at a venue with a legitimate ticket.—Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 23 Jan. 2023 That statement did not deny that Ms. Javice had falsified data and then lied about it, so Mr. Spiro sent another one.—Ron Lieber, New York Times, 21 Jan. 2023 Many either haven't heard back from the app at all when reaching out for help, or the app will deny people's claims of fraud altogether.—Kurt Knutsson, Fox News, 21 Jan. 2023 His message, delivered in person, was based on a U.S. intelligence assessment and is credited with helping Ukraine prepare to defend the airport and deny Russia a foothold needed to capture Kyiv.—John Hudson, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2023 See More
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Middle English denien, borrowed from Anglo-French denier, deneier (also continental Old French), from de-de- (reinforcing the meaning of the base verb) + nier "to renounce, deny, refuse" (after Latin dēnegāre "to deny"), going back to Latin negāre "to say (with the negative of a conjoined clause), deny, say no" — more at negate