One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘certain members of his administration had contravened the law’
break, breach, fail to comply with, fail to observe, violate, infringe, offend against, transgress against
defy, disobey, flout
uphold, comply with
2‘the Privy Council held that the prosecution contravened the rights of the individual’
conflict with, be in conflict with, be at odds with, be at variance with, be in opposition to, clash with, run counter to, be inconsistent with, be contrary to
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