Usage examples for Contravening

  1. Last of all, the general government cannot go into the railroad business without contravening the provisions of the constitution. – Monopolies and the People by D. C. Cloud
  2. A man, for instance, goes to prison for contravening some municipal bye- law; he comes out of it the friend and associate of habitual criminals; and the ultimate result of the bye- law is to transform a comparatively harmless member of society into a dangerous thief or house- breaker. – Crime and Its Causes by William Douglas Morrison
  3. If I take a piece of paper, and after placing it parallel with the ground, quickly let it fall, it will not settle steadily down as a staid, sensible piece of paper ought to do, but it insists on contravening every recognized rule of decorum, turning over and darting hither and thither in the most erratic manner, much after the style of an untrained horse. – The Early History of the Airplane The Wright Brothers' Aeroplane, How We Made the First Flight & Some Aeronautical Experiments by Orville Wright Wilbur Wright
  4. The reply was-" This Synod never understood any act of theirs, relative to their members sitting on juries, or contravening the old common law of the church on that subject;" a response obviously as equivocal as the preceding. – Act, Declaration, & Testimony for the Whole of our Covenanted Reformation, as Attained to, and Established in Britain and Ireland; Particularly Betwixt the Years 1638 and 1649, Inclusive by The Reformed Presbytery
  5. His idea of conversion was a sudden and radical change in character that would be a sort of spiritual magic, contravening all the natural laws of growth and development. – A Knight Of The Nineteenth Century by E. P. Roe