vi·​o·​la·​tion | \ ˌvī-ə-ˈlā-shən \

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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The administration has also countered that the U.S. defense system isn’t in violation of the pact. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "U.S.-Russia Nuclear-Arms Pact Moves Closer to Collapse," 16 Jan. 2019 The indictment says the projects were fronts that allowed the defendants to pay at least $200 million in bribes and kickbacks to themselves, government officials and others in violation of U.S. anti-corruption laws. Christopher Torchia, The Seattle Times, "Wanted by US, former Mozambican official appears in SA court," 8 Jan. 2019 Anyone found to be in violation of this policy is subject to immediate removal from the festival site and law enforcement may be notified. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Coachella Announced Sexual Harassment Prevention Efforts," 4 Jan. 2019 Currently a number of major tech companies — including Apple, Yelp, Facebook, Snap, Tesla and Intel — would be in violation of the law by having too few women for boards of their size. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "California is officially the first state that will try to require companies like Apple, Facebook and Alphabet to add more women to their boards," 1 Oct. 2018 First, a warning because chair umpire Carlos Ramos believed coach Patrick Mouratoglou was in violation of secretly coaching Williams. Candice Benbow, Glamour, "At the U.S. Open, Serena Williams Demanded the Apology All Black Women Deserve," 10 Sep. 2018 An investigation into various adult entertainment clubs in town for violations began last fall, police said. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "Stormy Daniels Charges Have Been Dismissed, Attorney Says," 12 July 2018 Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi had been ordered deported after a felony trespassing probation violation only to be released by a judge who cited changes in the law. Fox News, "Jay Sekulow: Mueller investigation needs to end 'very soon'," 9 Aug. 2018 The teen was a resident at the facility's Substance Abuse Treatment Center and was locked up on a probation violation following a 2015 burglary charge. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "5 Teens Have Escaped From the Krier Correctional Treatment Center Near San Antonio in 2018," 3 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of violation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

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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to settle judicially or to act as judge

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