[kon-truh-veen] /ˌkɒn trəˈvin/

verb (used with object), contravened, contravening.
to come or be in conflict with; go or act against; deny or oppose:
to contravene a statement.
to violate, infringe, or transgress:
to contravene the law.
verb (transitive)
to come into conflict with or infringe (rules, laws, etc)
to dispute or contradict (a statement, proposition, etc)

1640s, verbal noun from contravene; from 1802 as a present participle adjective.

1560s, from Middle French contravenir “to transgress, decline, depart,” from Late Latin contravenire “to come against,” in Medieval Latin “to transgress,” from Latin contra “against” (see contra) + venire “to come” (see venue). Related: Contravened; contravening.


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