from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To act or be counter to; violate: contravene a direct order.
- transitive v. To oppose in argument; gainsay: contravened the proposal. See Synonyms at deny.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To act contrary to an order, or fail to conform to a regulation.
- v. To deny the truth of something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To meet in the way of opposition; to come into conflict with; to oppose; to contradict; to obstruct the operation of; to defeat.
- transitive v. To violate; to nullify; to be inconsistent with.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To come or be in conflict with; oppose in principle or effect; impede the operation or course of.
- To act so as to combat or violate; transgress: as, to contravene the law.
- Synonyms To cross, run counter to, militate against, contradict, defeat, nullify, neutralize.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. deny the truth of
- v. go against, as of rules and laws
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Tanigawa said the conditions contravene basic rights guaranteed by the constitution.
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These articles contravene the right to freedom of religion and belief and the rule of law under Belgian legislation and the international treaties signed and ratified by Belgium.
China responded swiftly and testily to the developments on Capitol Hill, arguing that the move would contravene WTO rules and quite deliberately tweaking its currency lower.
In comments to the British parliament on Wednesday, Hague said secret Iranian tests of nuclear-capable missiles contravene U.N. Security Council Resolution 1929.
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