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 case prompted the video game company Electronic Arts to stop producing games based on college sports, and the 9th Circuit Court eventually ruled that the NCAA was in violation of antitrust laws. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Former college basketball star who sued the NCAA says California's fair pay bill is 'changing the game'," 14 Sep. 2019 But Cruz said that the court did not deviate from the understanding of the law, because the basis of the ruling was that the state commission that originally found the bakery owner in violation of the law displayed a religious bias against him. Los Angeles Times, "Winery that refused to hold a wedding for same-sex couple reverses course following criticism," 13 Sep. 2019 All of them have been in districts where racial minorities are the majority, a pattern that puts the agency in violation of the landmark federal law, said the attorney, Kevin O’Hanlon. Krista Torralva,, "Harlandale ISD lawyer sees voting rights as defense against TEA," 13 Sep. 2019 The judge found this violation even though the Republic's articles had not identified anyone in the case. John D'anna, Arizona Republic, "A judge ruled The Republic had violated a court order in a controversial DCS case. Now, he has reversed that ruling," 12 Sep. 2019 An investigation revealed the suspect occupant was in possession of drug paraphernalia, in violation of the suspect’s probation terms. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Cupertino crime report," 11 Sep. 2019 The administration said that the vessel, Adrian Darya 1, was transporting oil to Syria and was therefore in violation of U.S. sanctions and subject to seizure. Erin Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "Iran now operating advanced centrifuges in breach of nuclear pact that US rejected," 7 Sep. 2019 Junior Gerrid Doaks is out indefinitely with a knee injury, a source told The Enquirer, joining Charles McClelland (ACL, out for the season) and Tavion Thomas (violation of team rules, return date not specified) as sidelined Bearcats' running backs. Fletcher Page,, "UC football: Bearcats RB Gerrid Doaks out indefinitely with knee injury," 3 Sep. 2019 In April, Tavan pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to defraud the United States by exporting the equipment in violation of the 1995 trade embargo on Iran. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Turk who exported Wisconsin boat equipment to Iranian navy sentenced," 29 Aug. 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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