contravene [v] go against, contradict abjure, breach, break, combat, conflict with, counteract, cross, defy, disaffirm, disobey, encroach, exclude, fight, gainsay, hinder, impugn, infract, infringe, interfere, interpose, intrude, negate, offend, oppose, overstep, refute, reject, repudiate, resist, spurn, thwart, transgress, traverse, trespass, violate; concepts 46,106,121,192 —Ant. agree, aid, allow, approve, assent, assist, concur, consent, endorse, help, permit, uphold

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  • Contravene — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contravene — I verb balk, be contrary to, be in conflict with, clash, conflict with, contest, contradict, counteract, cross, defeat, defy, deny, disagree, dispute, disregard, foil, frustrate, gainsay, go against, impugn, infringe, negate, nullify, oppose,… …   Law dictionary

  • contravene — UK US /ˌkɒntrəˈviːn/ verb [T] FORMAL ► to not obey a rule or law, or to not do what you promised: »The toy manufacturer contravened safety codes by using toxic paints on its dolls …   Financial and business terms

  • contravene — 1560s, from M.Fr. contravenir to transgress, decline, depart, from L.L. contravenire to come against, in M.L. to transgress, from L. contra against (see CONTRA (Cf. contra)) + venire to come (see VENUE (Cf. venue)). Related: Contr …   Etymology dictionary

  • contravene — *deny, contradict, traverse, impugn, negative Analogous words: oppose, combat, *resist, fight: controvert, *disprove: *trespass, encroach, infringe Antonyms: uphold (law, principle): allege (right, claim, privilege) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • contravene — ► VERB 1) commit an act that is not in accordance with (a law, treaty, etc.). 2) conflict with (a right, principle, etc.). DERIVATIVES contravener noun contravention noun. ORIGIN Latin contravenire, from venire come …   English terms dictionary

  • contravene — [kän΄trə vēn′] vt. contravened, contravening [Fr contrevenir < LL contravenire < L contra, against + venire, to COME] 1. to go against; oppose; conflict with; violate [practices contravening an ethical code] 2. to disagree with in argument; …   English World dictionary

  • contravene — transitive verb ( vened; vening) Etymology: Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French contrevenir, from Late Latin contravenire, from Latin contra + venire to come more at come Date: 1567 1. to go or act contrary to ; violate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • contravene — contravener, n. /kon treuh veen /, v.t., contravened, contravening. 1. to come or be in conflict with; go or act against; deny or oppose: to contravene a statement. 2. to violate, infringe, or transgress: to contravene the law. [1560 70; < LL… …   Universalium

  • contravene — verb ADVERB ▪ blatantly, clearly, directly ▪ actions that blatantly contravene the rules of civilized warfare Contravene is used with these nouns as the object: ↑act, ↑article, ↑regulation …   Collocations dictionary

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