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
French contrevenir, from Medieval Latin contrāvenīre, to transgress, from Late Latin, to oppose : Latin contrā-, contra- + Latin venīre, to come; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin contraveniō. (Wiktionary)