contravene

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 contravene — [[t]kɒ̱ntrəvi͟ːn[/t]] contravenes, contravening, contravened VERB To contravene a law or rule means to do something that is forbidden by the law or rule. [FORMAL] [V n] The Board has banned the film on the grounds that it contravenes criminal… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 contravene — UK [ˌkɒntrəˈviːn] / US [ˌkɑntrəˈvɪn] verb [transitive] Word forms contravene : present tense I/you/we/they contravene he/she/it contravenes present participle contravening past tense contravened past participle contravened formal to do something… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 contravene — con•tra•vene [[t]ˌkɒn trəˈvin[/t]] v. t. vened, ven•ing 1) to come or be in conflict with; deny or oppose: to contravene a statement[/ex] 2) to go or act against; violate: to contravene the law[/ex] • Etymology: 1560–70; < LL contrāvenīre= L… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 contravene — con|tra|vene [ˌkɔntrəˈvi:n US ˌka:n ] v [T] formal [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: contrevenir, from Late Latin contravenire, from Latin contra ( CONTRA ) + venire to come ] to do something that is not allowed according to a law or rule =… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 contravene — verb (T) formal to do something that is not allowed according to a law or rule: Milk from an unhealthy cow may contravene public health regulations …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 contravene — /kɒntrəˈvin / (say kontruh veen) verb (t) (contravened, contravening) 1. to come or be in conflict with; go or act counter to; oppose. 2. to violate, infringe, or transgress: to contravene the law. {Latin contrāvenīre oppose} –contravener, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 contravene — To go against; to violate: as, to contravene the constitution …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 19 contravene — verb /ˌkɒn.tɹəˈviːn/ a) To act contrary to an order, or fail to conform to a regulation. b) To deny the truth of something. See Also …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 contravene — Synonyms and related words: abjure, breach, break, combat, contradict, cross, disaffirm, disclaim, disown, encroach, exclude, fight, gainsay, impugn, infract, infringe, intrude, negate, negative, offend, oppose, overstep, reject, repudiate,… …

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