• (British) IPA: /ˌkɒn.tɹəˈviːn/

contravene (contravenes, present participle contravening; past and past participle contravened)

  1. (transitive) To act contrary to an order; to fail to conform to a regulation or obligation.
    Synonyms: breach, break, infringe, violate
    • 1648, Samuel Rutherford, A Survey of the Spirituall Antichrist, London: Andrew Crooke, Chapter 69, p. 141,
      […] nothing is a commandement, or a commanded dutie but that which if we contravene, it maketh us guilty of sin before God,
    • 1713, Daniel Defoe, Considerations upon the eighth and ninth articles of the treaty of commerce and navigation, London: J. Baker, p. 8,
      […] this Article directly contravenes the Treaty with Portugal […]
    • 1855, Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom, New York: Miller, Orton & Mulligan, Appendix, pp. 436-437,
      I have shown that slavery is wicked […] in that it contravenes the laws of eternal justice, and tramples in the dust all the humane and heavenly precepts of the New Testament.
    • 1872, George Eliot, Middlemarch, London: William Blackwood, Volume 3, Book 5, Chapter 45, p. 44,
      […] the other medical visitors having a consultative influence, but no power to contravene Lydgate’s ultimate decisions;
    • 1919, Henry Blake Fuller, Bertram Cope's Year, Chicago: Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chapter 2, p. 19,
      It was a construction in wood, with manifold “features” suggestive of the villa, the bungalow, the chateau, the palace; it united all tastes and contravened all conventions.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To deny the truth of something.
    Synonyms: contradict, controvert, dispute, gainsay
    • 1653, John Austin (1613–69), The Christian Moderator, Part 3, London: Richard Lowndes, p. 7,
      […] to make the contravening of Doctrines, to be capitall, before they be fully proved, is prejudiciall to that liberty, without which none can justify himself before God or Man:
    • 1794, Gilbert Wakefield, An Examination of The Age of Reason, London, p. 38,
      To contravene positions, that have been discussed again and again by writers of the first genius and erudition, and to disparage the genuineness of the bible histories wholly and indiscriminately, without some precision of investigation, some specific allegations, founded on the report of authentic documents, is intolerable arrogance […]
    • 1803, Robert Charles Dallas, The History of the Maroons, London: Longman and Rees, Volume 1, Letter 6, p. 168,
      That the detention of the troops was a wise measure, is not to be contravened;
    • 1915, William Henry Cobb, The Meaning of Christian Unity, New York: Crowell, Chapter 5, p. 135,
      This is a large octavo of more than five hundred pages, a cool, scientific collection of facts that cannot be contravened, leading up to the inescapable conclusion […]
Related terms Translations
  • Spanish: contravenir

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