contravene vs negate what difference

what is difference between contravene and negate

English

Etymology

From Middle French contravenir (French contrevenir), from Latin contraveniō.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌkɒn.tɹəˈviːn/

Verb

contravene (third-person singular simple present contravenes, present participle contravening, simple past and past participle contravened)

  1. (transitive) To act contrary to an order; to fail to conform to a regulation or obligation.
    Synonyms: breach, break, infringe, violate
    • 1648, Samuel Rutherford, A Survey of the Spirituall Antichrist, London: Andrew Crooke, Chapter 69, p. 141,[1]
      [] nothing is a commandement, or a commanded dutie but that which if we contravene, it maketh us guilty of sin before God,
    • 1713, Daniel Defoe, Considerations upon the eighth and ninth articles of the treaty of commerce and navigation, London: J. Baker, p. 8,[2]
      [] this Article directly contravenes the Treaty with Portugal []
    • 1872, George Eliot, Middlemarch, London: William Blackwood, Volume 3, Book 5, Chapter 45, p. 44,[3]
      [] the other medical visitors having a consultative influence, but no power to contravene Lydgate’s ultimate decisions;
    • 1919, Henry Blake Fuller, Bertram Cope’s Year, Chicago: Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chapter 2, p. 19,[4]
      It was a construction in wood, with manifold “features” suggestive of the villa, the bungalow, the chateau, the palace; it united all tastes and contravened all conventions.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To deny the truth of something.
    Synonyms: contradict, controvert, dispute, gainsay
    • 1653, William Birchley, The Christian Moderator, Part 3, London: Richard Lowndes, p. 7,[6]
      [] to make the contravening of Doctrines, to be capitall, before they be fully proved, is prejudiciall to that liberty, without which none can justify himself before God or Man:
    • 1794, Gilbert Wakefield, An Examination of The Age of Reason, London, p. 38,[7]
      To contravene positions, that have been discussed again and again by writers of the first genius and erudition, and to disparage the genuineness of the bible histories wholly and indiscriminately, without some precision of investigation, some specific allegations, founded on the report of authentic documents, is intolerable arrogance []
    • 1803, Robert Charles Dallas, The History of the Maroons, London: Longman and Rees, Volume 1, Letter 6, p. 168,[8]
      That the detention of the troops was a wise measure, is not to be contravened;
    • 1915, William Henry Cobb, The Meaning of Christian Unity, New York: Crowell, Chapter 5, p. 135,[9]
      This is a large octavo of more than five hundred pages, a cool, scientific collection of facts that cannot be contravened, leading up to the inescapable conclusion []

Related terms

  • contravener
  • contravention

Translations

Anagrams

  • Covenanter, covenanter


English

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin negātus, past participle of negāre (to deny, refuse, decline), reduced from *nec-aiare (or a similar form), from nec (not, nor) + aiere (to say).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /nɪˈɡeɪt/
  • Rhymes: -eɪt

Verb

negate (third-person singular simple present negates, present participle negating, simple past and past participle negated)

  1. To deny the existence, evidence, or truth of; to contradict.
  2. To nullify or cause to be ineffective.
    Progress on the study has been negated by the lack of funds.
    Persecution can be negated through exposure.
  3. To be negative; bring or cause negative results.
    a pessimism that always negates
  4. (computing) To perform the NOT operation on.

Related terms

  • negative
  • negativeness
  • negativism
  • negativity
  • negation

Translations

Further reading

  • negate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • negate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • geneat

Italian

Adjective

negate f pl

  1. feminine plural of negato

Verb

negate

  1. inflection of negare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative
    3. feminine plural past participle

Anagrams

  • agente

Latin

Participle

negāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of negātus

Please follow and like us:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Social Share Buttons and Icons powered by Ultimatelysocial