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Topic: LAW

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: contrevenir, from Late Latin contravenire, from Latin contra- ( CONTRA-) + venire 'to come'

contravene

verb
     
con‧tra‧vene [transitive] formal
SCL to do something that is not allowed according to a law or rule [= violate]:
Some portions of the bill may contravene state law.
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