Definitions for: Contravene


[v] deny the truth of
[v] go against, as of rules and laws; "He ran afould of the law"; "This behavior conflicts with our rules"



Webster (1913) Definition: Con`tra*vene", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Contravened;
p. pr. & vb. n. Contravening.] [LL. contravenire; L. contra
+ venire to come: cf. F. contrevenir. See Come.]
1. To meet in the way of opposition; to come into conflict
with; to oppose; to contradict; to obstruct the operation
of; to defeat.

So plain a proposition . . . was not likely to be
contravened. --Southey.

2. To violate; to nullify; to be inconsistent with; as, to
contravene a law.

Laws that place the subjects in such a state
contravene the first principles of the compact of
authority. --Johnson.

Syn: To contradict; set aside; nullify; defeat; cross;
obstruct; baffle; thwart.

Synonyms: conflict, contradict, infringe, negate, run afoul

See Also: breach, break, deny, differ, disagree, dissent, go against, infract, offend, take issue, transgress, violate

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