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breach

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noun \ˈbrēch\

Definition of breach

  1. 1 :  infraction or violation of a law, obligation, tie, or standard

  2. 2 a :  a broken, ruptured, or torn condition or area b :  a gap (as in a wall) made by battering

  3. 3 a :  a break in accustomed friendly relations b :  a temporary gap in continuity :  hiatus

  4. 4 :  a leap especially of a whale out of water



Examples of breach in a sentence

  1. This is clearly a breach of the treaty.

  2. Many people consider her decision to be a breach of trust .

  3. The judge ruled that the doctor's actions were in breach of her contractual duty.



Origin and Etymology of breach

Middle English breche, from Old English brǣc act of breaking; akin to Old English brecan to break


First Known Use: before 12th century


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breach

verb

Simple Definition of breach

  • : to fail to do what is required by (something, such as a law or agreement) : to break or violate (something)

  • : to make a hole or opening in (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of breach

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a breach in <breach a wall>

  3. 2 :  break, violate <breach an agreement>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to leap out of water <a whale breaching>

Examples of breach in a sentence

  1. He claims that the city breached an agreement by selling the property.

  2. Is he going to breach his contract?

  3. The army breached the castle wall.



1547

First Known Use of breach

1547



BREACH Defined for Kids

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breach

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noun \ˈbrēch\

Definition of breach for Students

  1. 1 :  a failure to act in a promised or required way <a breach of contract>

  2. 2 :  an opening made by breaking <a breach in the dam>




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breach

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verb

Definition of breach for Students

breached

breaching

  1. 1 :  to fail to do as promised or required by <breach an agreement>

  2. 2 :  to make a break in




Law Dictionary

breach

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noun \ˈbrēch\

Legal Definition of breach

  1. 1a :  a violation in the performance of or a failure to perform an obligation created by a promise, duty, or law without excuse or justification breach of duty :  a breach of a duty especially by a fiduciary (as an agent or corporate officer) in carrying out the functions of his or her position breach of trust :  a breach by a trustee of the terms of a trust (as by stealing from or carelessly mishandling the funds) breach of warranty :  a breach by a seller of the terms of a warranty (as by the failure of the goods to conform to the seller's description or by a defect in title) Editor's note: A seller may be liable for a breach of warranty even without any negligence or misconduct. b :  failure without excuse or justification to fulfill one's obligations under a contract —called also breach of contract — compare repudiation anticipatory breach :  a breach of contract that occurs as a result of a party's anticipatory repudiation of the contract efficient breach :  breach of contract in economic theory in which it is more profitable for the breaching party to breach the contract and pay damages than to perform under the contract material breach :  a breach of contract that is so substantial that it defeats the purpose of the parties in making the contract and gives the nonbreaching party the right to cancel the contract and sue for damages — compare substantial performance at performance Editor's note: Whether a breach is material is a question of fact. Under the Restatement (Second) of Contracts, a material breach gives rise to the right to suspend performance but not to cancel the contract until there is a total breach. partial breach :  a breach of contract in which the breaching party's nonperformance is minor and gives rise to the right to sue for damages but not to suspend performance or cancel the contract — compare part performance at performance total breach :  a breach of contract under the Restatement (Second) of Contracts that is so substantial that it gives rise to the right to cancel the contract and sue for damages

  2. 2a :  a violation or disturbance of something (as a law or condition) <find both the State and the minor guilty of gross breaches of the rules of procedure — In re D.L.B., 429 N.E.2d 615 (1981)> <a breach of security>; especially :  breach of the peace b :  an act of breaking out <breach of prison>

  3. 3 :  the condition of having committed a breach of contract —used in the phrase in breach <a terminating party who is not in breach is entitled to expenses — C&S/Sovran Corp. v. First Fed. Sav. Bank of Brunswick, 463 S.E.2d 892 (1995)>

breach

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breacher

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