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contravene (ˌkɒntrəˈviːn


verb (transitive)

  1. to come into conflict with or infringe (rules, laws, etc)
  2. to dispute or contradict (a statement, proposition, etc)

Derived Forms

ˌcontraˈvener  noun
contravention (ˌkɒntrəˈvɛnʃən   noun

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin contrāvenīre, from Latin contra- + venīre to come


View thesaurus entry
= conflict with, cross, oppose, interfere with, thwart, contradict, hinder, go against, refute, counteract

Translations for 'contravene'

  • British English: contravene To contravene a law or rule means to do something that is forbidden by the law or rule. VERBThe Board has banned the film on the grounds that it contravenes criminal libel laws.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: infringir
  • Chinese: 违反 >法律、规则违違反 >
  • European Spanish: contravenir
  • French: enfreindre
  • German: verstoßen gegen
  • Italian: violare
  • Japanese: 違反する
  • Korean: 위반하다
  • Portuguese: infringir
  • Spanish: contravenir

Example Sentences Including 'contravene'

Conditions in the prison were not good, he wrote, but in his opinion they didn't specifically contravene any UN conventions.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)


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