Contravene meaning

kŏn'trə-vēn'
To contravene is to go against or contradict.

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.

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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.

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To be inconsistent with; be contrary to.
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To go against; oppose; conflict with; violate.

Practices contravening an ethical code.

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To disagree with in argument; contradict.
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To act contrary to an order, or fail to conform to a regulation.
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To deny the truth of something.
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Origin of contravene

  • French contrevenir from Medieval Latin contrāvenīre to transgress from Late Latin to oppose Latin contrā- contra- Latin venīre to come gwā- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle French contravenir (French contrevenir), from Latin contraveniō.
    From Wiktionary