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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