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 The reports on Hughes come as videos out of England and Canada show other officers entering churches to shut down services in violation of virus restrictions. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Irish priest refuses to pay COVID fine for holding Mass: 'They can put me in jail if they want'," 6 Apr. 2021 And apps that are in violation of their agreement with Apple are at risk of being booted off the App Store, as Apple has done in the past. John Koetsier, Forbes, "Apple: iOS 14.5 Imminent, Developers Need To Get Serious About Privacy ... Or Else," 5 Apr. 2021 The statement continued by saying that Rance possessed and sold the reptiles in violation of Georgia laws and also committed violations of the Lacey Act, a federal law protecting wildlife. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Man charged with trafficking 'highly venomous' snakes out of Georgia home," 3 Apr. 2021 The parents lost the lawsuit in late March, as Judge Richard S. Bernhardt wrote in his opinion that the student member position is not in violation of the Maryland constitution. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, "Former Maryland student school board members lead nationwide effort to weigh in on upcoming Supreme Court case," 3 Apr. 2021 The Maxtons argued that the aerial surveillance of their property, and the photographs taken by the drones of their property and the surrounding area, constituted an unlawful search in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, "Strictly Legal: Drone footage violates privacy," 1 Apr. 2021 An Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Eloy, Arizona, was in violation of multiple detention standards that put the health and safety of detainees at risk, according to a new federal watchdog report. Quinn Owen, ABC News, "ICE officers alleged to have used 'excessive' force, verbally abused detainees: Report," 1 Apr. 2021 In July 2020, Gaetz was investigated for $28,000 in government funds his congressional office paid to a political consultant, in violation of House rules. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "What we know: Rep. Matt Gaetz is under federal investigation for having sex with a minor," 31 Mar. 2021 Profits were diverted to fund right-wing Nicaraguan rebels known as the contras, in violation of congressional restrictions on such aid. Washington Post, "Charles Hill, diplomat, Yale professor and top adviser to George Shultz, dies at 84," 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of violation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of violation was in the 15th century

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8 Apr 2021

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“Violation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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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