- An example of contravene is for a soldier to go against the commands of his officer.
- An example of contravene is for a lawyer to give facts that disprove earlier statements.
transitive verb-·vened′, -·ven′ing
- to go against; oppose; conflict with; violate: practices contravening an ethical code
- to disagree with in argument; contradict
Origin of contraveneFrench contrevenir from Late Latin contravenire from Classical Latin contra, against + venire, to come
transitive verbcon·tra·vened, con·tra·ven·ing, con·tra·venes
- To act or be in violation of (a law, directive, or principle, for example); violate: a sailor who contravened a direct order; a regulation that contravened the new tax policy.
- To be inconsistent with; be contrary to: “Such a marriage … contravenes much of what we know about marriages in this period” ( Carol Meyers )
Origin of contraveneFrench contrevenir from Medieval Latin contrāvenīre to transgress from Late Latin to oppose Latin contrā- contra- Latin venīre to come ; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present contravenes, present participle contravening, simple past and past participle contravened)
From Middle French contravenir (French contrevenir), from Latin contraveniō.