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 lawsuit alleges eleven counts against the City and Cranley, including violation of the plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights, unreasonable search and seizure and cruel and unusual punishment. Maia Anderson,, "'I was no longer allowed to be anywhere.' After Cincinnati homeless camp closed, here's what happened.," 21 June 2019 Absent egregious violations of the Framers’ original intention, conservatives say, judges should defer to legislatures. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "The Conservative Sensibility Is George Will’s Definitive Declaration," 20 June 2019 Threats, harassment Police arrested a Pearland man, 28, for violation of a protective order June 4 in the 4300 block of Leisure Lane. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Thief takes — and returns — car, police say," 20 June 2019 WMT Brasilia pleaded guilty Thursday to failing to keep accurate records, while the U.S. parent reached a non-prosecution agreement with the Justice Department over violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or FCPA. Tom Schoenberg,, "Walmart will pay $282 million in penalties to resolve 7-year probe into foreign bribes," 20 June 2019 Willful violations of the Data Practices Act are classified as misdemeanors, though Gemberling doubted there’s much evidence to point to willful intent. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s police chief didn’t announce names of 5 fired officers. Was that a blunder?," 20 June 2019 But keeping families there could result in violations of the agreement, known as the Flores settlement, that established standards for the detention of children and limits it to 20 days. New York Times, "Immigration Agency Says It Plans Deportation Operation Aimed at Undocumented Families," 19 June 2019 Both men pleaded guilty to violations of the Travel Act in exchange for lighter sentences and lesser fines. Christine Biederman, WIRED, "Inside’s Vicious Battle With the Feds," 18 June 2019 Neither Killingsworth nor his company, ATR Garage Doors, are licensed in Arizona, an apparent violation of state law. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "'Garage-Door Guy' who stiffed Arizona customers caught in 2011 'Dateline NBC' sting," 18 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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