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Contravene   /kˈɑntrəvˌin/   Listen

(past & past part. contravened; pres. part. contravening)
Go against, as of rules and laws.  Synonyms: conflict, infringe, run afoul.  "This behavior conflicts with our rules"
Deny the truth of.  Synonyms: contradict, negate.

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"Contravene" Quotes from Famous Books

... and Governor of the universe. All individual rights are subordinate to this inherent, universal, and inalienable right. It should be observed, however, that in the exercise of this paramount right, this supreme authority, no society possesses the power to contravene the principles of justice. In other words, it should be observed that no unjust law can ever promote the public good. Every law, then, which is not unjust, and which the public good demands, should be ...
— Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments • Various

... denotes a queer kind of headgear a people called the Greeks once wore. We conclude, accordingly, that the use of language to convey and acquire ideas is an extension and refinement of the principle that things gain meaning by being used in a shared experience or joint action; in no sense does it contravene that principle. When words do not enter as factors into a shared situation, either overtly or imaginatively, they operate as pure physical stimuli, not as having a meaning or intellectual value. They set activity running in a given groove, but there is no accompanying ...
— Democracy and Education • John Dewey

... expedient for my service that the decrees regarding this should be executed by my said governor, as he is again ordered to do, by another decree bearing this date, I charge you that, with the diligence which I trust you will use, you will take such action that the religious of your order shall not contravene this decree; and that you will, so far as possible, secure the observance of the orders which I have issued, as that is so important for the service of God and my own, and for the good government of the islands. Madrid, on the thirty-first of December ...
— The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XVII, 1609-1616 • Various

Words linked to "Contravene" :   conflict, disagree, deny, negate, contravention, offend, violate, go against, dissent, infract, breach, break, run afoul, take issue, differ, transgress, infringe

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