vi·​o·​la·​tion | \ ˌvī-ə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce violation (audio) \

Definition of violation

: the act of violating : the state of being violated: such as
a : infringement, transgression specifically : an infringement of the rules in sports that is less serious than a foul and usually involves technicalities of play
b : an act of irreverence or desecration : profanation

Examples of violation in a Sentence

a serious violation of the law A second violation was called on the basketball player. He was arrested for violation of his parole. The group monitors human rights violations. They protested the government's violation of human rights.
Recent Examples on the Web If districts comply with the state law, Nguyen said, they could be found in violation of Title IX, which would mean losing out on federal money. Anne Branigin, Washington Post, 23 May 2022 The medical sterilizer facilities in Vernon that were found in violation of emitting a carcinogen at elevated levels will not be shuttered. Hyeyoon Alyssa Choi, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2022 Alternatively, your college or university must have misled you in violation of law. Zack Friedman, Forbes, 22 May 2022 The owner said the man rewired electrical outlets in violation of the fire code. Brian Lisik, cleveland, 22 May 2022 As the pandemic subsided, human rights advocates and progressive lawmakers raised intensifying concerns that Title 42 was being used as a tool to curb immigration, in violation of international law, rather than to stop the spread of Covid-19. New York Times, 20 May 2022 But Otzoy spent around a month in jail, in violation of his parole for interacting with officers at all. Tracy Rosenthal, The New Republic, 19 May 2022 But carrying a gun while driving for Uber, in violation of the company’s firearms policy, has cost the woman access to the app. Chelsea Prince, ajc, 19 May 2022 Undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. who are in violation of U.S. law need to be remanded to their countries of origin. Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of violation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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26 May 2022

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“Violation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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vi·​o·​la·​tion | \ ˌvī-ə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce violation (audio) \

Kids Definition of violation

: an act or instance of violating something and especially a failure to do what is required or expected by a law, rule, or agreement a traffic violation

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