Con`tra*vene" (?), v. t. [imp. & p.p. Contravened (?); p.pr. & vb.n. Contravening.] [LL. contravenire; L. contra + venire to come: cf. F. contrevenir. See Come.]

1.

To meet in the way of opposition; to come into conflict with; to oppose; to contradict; to obstruct the operation of; to defeat.

So plain a proposition . . . was not likely to be contravened. Southey.

2.

To violate; to nullify; to be inconsistent with; as, to contravene a law.

Laws that place the subjects in such a state contravene the first principles of the compact of authority. Johnson.

Syn. -- To contradict; set aside; nullify; defeat; cross; obstruct; baffle; thwart.

 

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