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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Drug and driving charges: Crocker Road An officer at 11:15 a.m. Feb. 12 stopped a vehicle at Crocker and Clemens roads for a moving violation. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Hospital patient charged for having gun, drug paraphernalia: Westlake Police Blotter," 15 Feb. 2020 Former Crimson Tide outside linebacker Eyabi Anoma has been dismissed from the team at Houston for a violation of team rules, it was announced Tuesday. Matt Zenitz |, al, "Former Alabama LB dismissed from team at Houston," 11 Feb. 2020 Eyabi Anoma, a transfer from Alabama who was expected to be an impact player next season, has been dismissed from the University of Houston football team for a violation of team rules, the school announced Tuesday. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "UH linebacker Eyabi Anoma dismissed from team," 11 Feb. 2020 The judge ratcheted up the pressure on the state late last week by giving the state a March 1 deadline to come into compliance or face a $100,000 fine for each violation. Jacques Billeaud, azcentral, "More fines threatened against Arizona in prison suit," 5 Feb. 2020 The former two-sport star, athletic director, and boys’ basketball coach at Cathedral High was inexplicably terminated from his position in March of 2018 for the violation of an unspecified school policy. Nate Weitzer,, "After his parting at Cathedral, Larry Merritt gained a new lease at Cristo Rey," 3 Feb. 2020 Hensley’s suit is seeking $10,000 in damages, both for violation of her religious freedom and for discouraging her from officiating weddings. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "Texas AG won't defend state agency in gay marriage suit, citing beliefs," 30 Jan. 2020 He was dismissed from the team during his junior season in December 2013 for a violation of team rules and played overseas professionally in following years. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Former Louisville basketball player Chane Behanan arrested, accused of missing court date," 20 Jan. 2020 There are no potential criminal penalties associated with violating the Impoundment Control Act, meaning there will be no prosecution of officials for the violation. Author: Jeff Stein, Ellen Nakashima, Erica Werner, Anchorage Daily News, "White House hold on Ukraine aid violated federal law, congressional watchdog says," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of violation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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19 Feb 2020

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“Violation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of violation

: the act of doing something that is not allowed by a law or rule
: the act of ignoring or interfering with a person's rights
: the act of showing disrespect for something (such as a holy place) usually by damaging it


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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