Definition of contravene verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

contravene

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌkɒntrəˈviːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːntrəˈviːn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they contravene
BrE BrE//ˌkɒntrəˈviːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːntrəˈviːn//
 
he / she / it contravenes
BrE BrE//ˌkɒntrəˈviːnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːntrəˈviːnz//
 
past simple contravened
BrE BrE//ˌkɒntrəˈviːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːntrəˈviːnd//
 
past participle contravened
BrE BrE//ˌkɒntrəˈviːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːntrəˈviːnd//
 
-ing form contravening
BrE BrE//ˌkɒntrəˈviːnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːntrəˈviːnɪŋ//
 
 
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contravene something (formal) to do something that is not allowed by a law or rule synonym infringe The company was found guilty of contravening safety regulations. actions that blatantly contravene the rules of civilized warfare national policies which contravene European law Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from late Latin contravenire, from Latin contra- ‘against’ + venire ‘come’.
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