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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·tra·vene v. t. [imp. & p. p. Contravened p. pr. & vb. n. Contravening.]
 1. To meet in the way of opposition; to come into conflict with; to oppose; to contradict; to obstruct the operation of; to defeat.
    So plain a proposition . . . was not likely to be contravened.   --Southey.
 2. To violate; to nullify; to be inconsistent with; as, to contravene a law.
    Laws that place the subjects in such a state contravene the first principles of the compact of authority.   --Johnson.
 Syn: -- To contradict; set aside; nullify; defeat; cross; obstruct; baffle; thwart.