Contravene Definition

contravened, contravenes, contravening
contravened, contravenes, contravening
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.
American Heritage
To go against; oppose; conflict with; violate.
Practices contravening an ethical code.
Webster's New World
To disagree with in argument; contradict.
Webster's New World
To be inconsistent with; be contrary to.
American Heritage

To act contrary to an order, or fail to conform to a regulation.


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

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