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contravene (ˌkɒntrəˈviːn Pronunciation for contravene


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 Pronunciation for contravention  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'

Article I8 specified free education provided it did not contravene the Sharia.
Hiro, Dilip Between Marx and Muhammed
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)
He pleaded guilty to attempting to contravene the Regulation of Foreign Military Assistance Act.
SA Star (2005)
However, Metropolitan Police said the shoot would contravene a "sessional order", causing an unnecessary obstruction to parliament.
NME (New Musical Express) (2003)
Their move was not against the rules of Formula One, nor did it contravene the ethics of team competition.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
What I do object to is how women are treated if they decide to go ahead with the abortion and contravene a stranger's belief.
Misc (1999)


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