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.
De Quincey.

(Con*trib"u*ta*ble) a. Capable of being contributed.

(Con*trib"u*ta*ry) a.

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.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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