V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to contradict and deny the truth of; 2. to oppose a rule or decision; 3. to violate a rule or law

Synonyms: contradict, oppose, abjure, interfere, counteract, violate, impugn, infract, transgress, resist

Antonyms: agree, accept, subscribe, uphold, allege, endorse, obey

Tips: Contravene is an intellectual term, meaning "to formally oppose" or "to go against." Contravene and intervene both have the same Latin origin, venire, (vene) which means "to come." If you intervene (inter meaning "between"), you try to come between something happening. If you contravene (con meaning "against"), you come against it.

Usage Examples:

We finally reached what we thought was a reasonable compromise, but we later realized that it contravened our original objectives. (contradicted, opposed)

The contract is completely valid and binding; do not contravene its agreements and stipulations. (violate, transgress)

If you contravene the speed limit, you may wind up with a ticket. (violate, infract)

Don't contravene what I said and challenge the truth of my words; I know what I'm talking about. (contradict)

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