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.
A sailor who contravened a direct order; a regulation that contravened the new tax policy.
Practices contravening an ethical code.
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.