Defined:  1 to go or act contrary to : violate <contravene a law>

2 to oppose in argument : contradict <contravene a proposition>


  1. The overcrowded dance club contravened safety regulations.
  2. The unauthorized reproduction of the image contravenes copyright laws.


Long night.  And even longer day.  Not just for me; aging issues can be a pain.  But my mother-in-law is recuperating after her fall.  She is resting comfortably and was from the point of her arrival at the E.R.  Not so much for her family who, growing weary with fatigue and worry, contravened the doctor’s instructions and gave her a glass of water.  I did not relish waiting for the tiny ketchup cup of ice chips to accumulate into a urine sample.  I have things to do.  Such things include composing my speech on how much we love her and that we may have to contravene her wishes to remain living alone.  She already has a titanium endoskeleton from two prior falls.  I can’t have my mother-in-law turning into the Terminator.  Can you imagine?!

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1. To act or be counter to; violate: contravene a direct order.
2. To oppose in argument; gainsay: contravened the proposal. See Synonyms at deny.
[French contrevenir, from Medieval Latin contrvenre, to transgress, from Late Latin, to oppose : Latin contr-, contra- + Latin venre, to come; see gw- in Indo-European roots.]

(The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.)


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