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contravene (v.)

1560s, of persons, "to transgress," from French contravenir "to transgress, decline, depart," from Late Latin contravenire "to come against, oppose," in Medieval Latin "to transgress, break (a law)," from Latin contra "against" (see contra (prep., adv.)) + venire "to come" (from PIE root *gwa- "to go, come"). Of actions or things, "come or be in conflict with," 1660s. Related: Contravened; contravening.

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Definitions of contravene from WordNet

contravene (v.)
go against, as of rules and laws;
Synonyms: conflict / run afoul / infringe
contravene (v.)
deny the truth of;
Synonyms: contradict / negate
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