contravene contravene  /ˈkɑn trə ˌvin/


  1. (v) go against, as of rules and laws
  2. (v) deny the truth of


  1. Some of the human instincts and passions are not entitled to self-gratification, because in seeking it people contravene law.
  2. Disruptive protests by workers would contravene the new labor law passed a month back, which sets tough restrictions on the forms of protest available to trade unions.


  1. Sunshine law gets cloudy when federal officials take email home

    Documents show that Lisa P. Jackson, as EPA chief, told a lobbyist to shift their conversations to her "home email" account rather than using official government accounts, in a move that appears to contravene the intent of federal sunshine laws. Meanwhile, top House investigators Tuesday accused Lois Lerner, the woman ...
    on August 14, 2013     Source: The Washington Times

  2. The Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) Weighs in On Governor Cuomo

    Warns Governor he is sinking the Exhibition Industry in New York CitySANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement is being released by The Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO):Dear Governor Cuomo:This past week, you and your administration announced actions that contravene the trust the exhibition industry has had in New York for decades and, as ...
    on August 14, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! News


  1. In his letter, dated March 7, 2008, Crapo wrote: "Soldiers are trained to follow orders issued to facilitate order and safety on the battlefield. When orders issued in high stress situations, such as Sgt. Vela found himself, contravene order, safety...
    on Apr 4, 2008 By: Mike Crapo Source:

  2. "These continued severe restrictions on the freedom of expression and movement against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi contravene basic human rights," Ms. Arbour added. "They come at a time when the people of Myanmar are suffering hard and their...
    on May 28, 2008 By: Louise Arbour Source: UN News Centre

  3. "I respectfully decline to answer the question on the advice of counsel, on the grounds that to do so would contravene the reporter's privilege, the special witness doctrine, my rights under the Illinois Constitution, and the First and Fifth...
    on Jun 5, 2008 By: Jim DeRogatis Source: Chicago Sun-Times

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