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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The Warmbiers are asserting ownership of the vessel that U.S. authorities seized in May over allegations that it had been used to sell coal in violation of international sanctions, according to a federal lawsuit filed in New York. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, "Otto Warmbier’s family is suing for a North Korean coal ship seized by U.S. officials," 7 July 2019 The letter said the family is in violation of the association's bylaws but doesn't cite the specific section. Andrea Perez Balderrama, Detroit Free Press, "Novi family angry over request to remove Virgin Mary statue," 5 July 2019 The vessel was stormed by British Royal Marines and Gibraltar port and law enforcement agencies in the early hours of Thursday morning as it was believed to have been carrying oil to Syria, in possible violation of European Union sanctions. CNN, "Official warns Tehran could seize UK oil tanker if Iranian ship not released," 5 July 2019 All allies agree that the most plausible assessment would be that Russia is in violation of the treaty. Fox News, "Putin signs bill withdrawing from nuclear arms treaty with the United States," 4 July 2019 In a secret group, only members can flag or report content that might be in violation of Facebook’s policies. Ariana Tobin, ProPublica, "Civil Rights Groups Have Been Warning Facebook About Hate Speech In Secret Groups For Years," 2 July 2019 Now a jury is hearing Stinson's claims that the detectives and dentists conspired to fabricate and manipulate the bite mark evidence in violation of his right to a fair trial, and several other claims. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Prosecutor felt suspect was innocent, but dentists convinced him bite marks proved otherwise. They were wrong.," 26 June 2019 This assistance was intended to end armed conflicts and human rights violations while reducing poverty rates and fighting illnesses like malaria and Ebola. Jessica Eise, The Conversation, "How an aid gusher helped and hurt Liberia," 14 June 2019 That prompted some of their classmates to help, in violation of the rules. Douglas Starr, Science | AAAS, "This psychologist explains why people confess to crimes they didn’t commit," 13 June 2019

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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 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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