• WordNet 3.6
    • v contravene deny the truth of
    • v contravene go against, as of rules and laws "He ran afoul of the law","This behavior conflicts with our rules"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Contravene To meet in the way of opposition; to come into conflict with; to oppose; to contradict; to obstruct the operation of; to defeat. "So plain a proposition . . . was not likely to be contravened ."
    • Contravene To violate; to nullify; to be inconsistent with; as, to contravene a law. "Laws that place the subjects in such a state contravene the first principles of the compact of authority."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • contravene To come or be in conflict with; oppose in principle or effect; impede the operation or course of.
    • contravene To act so as to combat or violate; transgress: as, to contravene the law.
    • contravene Synonyms To cross, run counter to, militate against, contradict, defeat, nullify, neutralize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Contravene kon-tra-vēn′ to oppose
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. contravenire,; L. contra + venire, to come: cf. F. contrevenir,. See Come
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. contra, against, venīre, to come.


In literature:

But another says these proposals of amendment contravene the Chicago platform.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Many were both, but it was a disputed question whether they were not in this contravening their rule.
"Mediæval Wales" by A. G. Little
This division was a direct violation of the letter of the ordinance of Rathbreasail; but it did not contravene its spirit.
"St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Life of St. Malachy of Armagh" by H. J. Lawlor
If Masters had needed any stimulus to his resolution to contravene the ambitious plans of the cashier, Mrs. Masters would have supplied it.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
These claims could not be disregarded merely on the score that they contravened the scheme of established differentials.
"The Settlement of Wage Disputes" by Herbert Feis
The assertion of the rapid obsolescence of ships of war will be dwelt upon, in the hopes of contravening it.
"Lessons of the war with Spain and other articles" by Alfred T. Mahan
The Scot called on men to destroy whatever contravened his religious ideas.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
She cannot make advances toward man without contravening the conventions and risking her reputation.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
The order of Providence points out that men should live in cleanliness and comfort which we laboriously and expensively contravene.
"The Claims of Labour an essay on the duties of the employers to the employed" by Arthur Helps
And so he was apprehended, and summarily tried, on a charge of contravening the statute 55 Geo.
"My Schools and Schoolmasters" by Hugh Miller

In poetry:

the opening decade contravene its promise
to be as bad as all the others. Is
there something Henry miss
in the jungle of the gods whom Henry's prayer to?
Empty temples—a decade of dark-blue
sins, son, worse than you.
"Dream Song 104: Welcome, grinned Henry, welcome, fifty-one!" by John Berryman

In news:

A salt, rock and chemical distributor contravened land-use rules by placing industrial silos alongside a BNSF Railway line in River Heights, city officials say.
The mayor of a town on Reunion Island has been forced to rescind a decision to pay fishermen to hunt and kill sharks because it contravenes French conservation law.
Probate – Court lacked authority to contravene settlement.
Such a delay would have contravened Jewish religious law, which requires that boys are circumcised on the eighth day after birth in a ceremony seen as their entrance into a covenant with God.
The earliest and most significant case of Chinese politics contravening a Marxist tenet came before the People's Republic was even founded.
Premier Dalton McGuinty is defending Ontario's green energy act despite a World Trade Organization ruling that says one of its components contravenes international guidelines.

In science:

The cases that we explicitly consider in this section, expose a multiplicity of mechanisms that result in failure of the Luttinger theorem; as will become evident, all of these mechanisms contravene some basic principles underlying the proof of the Luttinger theorem.
On the Luttinger theorem concerning number of particles in the ground states of systems of interacting fermions
Eventually we have to reach a contravening subchain Xt of X0 such that |Xt | ≥ 3 and the procedure cannot continue, indicating that Xt is irreducible.
Selectivity in Probabilistic Causality: Drawing Arrows from Inputs to Stochastic Outputs
For values of αs (MZ ) ≥ 0.115, which are those preferred by the condition of minimal gauge coupling unification, the strong gauge coupling is sufficiently strong to demand a large value of the top Yukawa coupling to contravene its renormalization effect on the bottom mass1 .
Unification of Couplings in the MSSM