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.
Syn. To contradict; set aside; nullify; defeat; cross; obstruct; baffle; thwart.
(Con`tra*ven"er) n. One who contravenes.
(Con`tra*ven"tion) n. [Cf. F. contravention.] The act of contravening; opposition; obstruction; transgression; violation.
Warrants in contravention of the acts of Parliament.
In contravention of all his marriage stipulations.
(Con`tra*ver"sion) n. A turning to the opposite side; antistrophe. Congreve.
(Con`tra*yer"va) n. [Sp. contrayerba, literally, a counter herb, hence, an antidote for poison,
fr. l. contra + herba herb.] (Bot.) A species of Dorstenia a South American plant, the aromatic root
of which is sometimes used in medicine as a gentle stimulant and tonic.
(||Con`tre*coup") n. [F., fr. contre (L. contra) + coup a blow.] (med.) A concussion or
shock produced by a blow or other injury, in a part or region opposite to that at which the blow is received,
often causing rupture or disorganisation of the parts affected.
(||Con`tre*temps") n. [F., fr. contre (L. conta) + temps time, fr. L. tempus.] An unexpected
and untoward accident; something inopportune or embarrassing; a hitch.
In this unhappy contretemps.
(Con*trib"u*ta*ble) a. Capable of being contributed.
1. Contributory. [R.]
2. Tributary; contributing. [R.]
It was situated on the Ganges, at the place where this river received a contributary stream.
(Con*trib"ute) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Contributed; p. pr. & vb. n. Contributing.] [L. contributus,
p. p. of contribuere to bring together, to add; con- + tribuere to grant, impart. See Tribute.] To give
or grant i common with others; to give to a common stock or for a common purpose; to furnish or suply in
part; to give (money or other aid) for a specified object; as, to contribute food or fuel for the poor.
England contributes much more than any other of the allies.
(Con*trib"ute), v. i.
1. To give a part to a common stock; to lend assistance or aid, or give something, to a common purpose; to
have a share in any act or effect.
We are engaged in war; the secretary of state calls upon the colonies to contribute.
2. To give or use one's power or influence for any object; to assist.
These men also contributed to obstruct the progress of wisdom.