Meaning of violation


Anytime a person crosses a boundary — a legal boundary, a moral boundary, a physical boundary, or a binding business deal — that’s a violation. When a burglar picks the lock on your door, that’s a violation of your property.

A violation can be a disrespectful act or the crossing of someone’s physical boundaries. When you’re forced to shake hands with your boss’s wife, the way her perfume stings your eyes might feel like a violation. Violation is often used to describe an action that disregards an agreement or a basic right, such as a violation of a global climate treaty or a human rights violation.

Definitions of violation
  1. noun

    an act that disregards an agreement or a right

    “he claimed a
    violation of his rights under the Fifth Amendment”


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    copyright infringement, infringement of copyright

    a violation of the rights secured by a copyright

    an act that violates the rules of a sport
    patent infringement

    violation of the rights secured by a patent
    foul ball

    (baseball) a ball struck with the bat so that it does not stay between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field
    piracy, plagiarisation, plagiarism, plagiarization

    the act of plagiarizing; taking someone’s words or ideas as if they were your own
    personal foul

    a foul that involves unnecessarily rough contact (as in basketball or football)
    technical, technical foul

    (basketball) a foul that can be assessed on a player or a coach or a team for unsportsmanlike conduct; does not usually involve physical contact during play
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    actus reus, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct

    activity that transgresses moral or civil law

  2. noun

    entry to another’s property without right or permission


    encroachment, intrusion, trespass, usurpation

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    an encroachment or intrusion
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    actus reus, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct

    activity that transgresses moral or civil law

  3. noun

    the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will

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    date rape

    rape in which the rapist is known to the victim (as when they are on a date together)
    carnal abuse, statutory rape

    sexual intercourse with a person (girl or boy) who has not reached the age of consent (even if both parties participate willingly)
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    sex crime, sex offense, sexual abuse, sexual assault

    a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat

  4. noun

    a disrespectful act



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    blasphemy, desecration, profanation, sacrilege

    blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character
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    evil, immorality, iniquity, wickedness

    morally objectionable behavior

  5. noun

    a crime less serious than a felony


    infraction, infringement, misdemeanor, misdemeanour

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    breach of the peace, disorderly behavior, disorderly conduct, disturbance of the peace

    any act of molesting, interrupting, hindering, agitating, or arousing from a state of repose or otherwise depriving inhabitants of the peace and quiet to which they are entitled
    false pretence, false pretense

    (law) an offense involving intent to defraud and false representation and obtaining property as a result of that misrepresentation
    indecent exposure, public nudity

    vulgar and offensive nakedness in a public place
    bearing false witness, lying under oath, perjury

    criminal offense of making false statements under oath

    an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government
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    crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offence, offense

    (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act

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