verb (used with object), 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.
Related forms: contravener, noun
Can be confused: controvert.
Origin: 1560-70; < Late Latin contrāvenīre, equivalent to Latin contrā against + venīre to come
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