Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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