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tr.v. con·tra·vened, con·tra·ven·ing, con·tra·venes
1. To act or be in violation of (a law, directive, or principle, for example); violate: a sailor who contravened a direct order; a regulation that contravened the new tax policy.
2. To be inconsistent with; be contrary to: "Such a marriage ... contravenes much of what we know about marriages in this period" (Carol Meyers).

[French contrevenir, from Medieval Latin contrāvenīre, to transgress, from Late Latin, to oppose : Latin contrā-, contra- + Latin venīre, to come; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.]

con′tra·ven′er n.
References in classic literature ?
Tulliver's views concerning it throughout the entire circle of his connections would necessarily take time; and at the beginning of February, when Tom was going to school again, there were scarcely any new items to be detected in his father's statement of the case against Pivart, or any more specific indication of the measures he was bent on taking against that rash contravener of the principle that water was water.
Contraveners of medical drugs pricelist to be referred to Prosecution.
Contraveners may be simply warned and asked to improve their behaviour.