contravene

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From Middle French contravenir (French contrevenir), from Latin contraveniō.

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contravene ‎(third-person singular simple present contravenes, present participle contravening, simple past and past participle contravened)

  1. (transitive) To act contrary to an order, or fail to conform to a regulation.
    • 2012 May 24, Adam Gabbatt, “Canada student protests erupt into political crisis with mass arrests”, in the Guardian[1]:
      Some legal experts argue that the bill contravenes Canada's charter of rights and freedoms. Montreal constitutional lawyer Julius Grey told the Vancouver Sun that Bill 78 was "flagrantly unconstitutional".
  2. (transitive) To deny the truth of something.

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