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violation

noun
 
 
/ˌvaɪəˈleɪʃən/
[C or U] LAW an action that breaks a law, agreement, rule, etc.: The first violation can result in a $150 fine.a violation of sth Unpaid overtime is a violation of corporate policy.in violation of sth It was clear that they had acted in violation of the rules. a traffic/probation/safety violation
[C] SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY an action that does not show respect for an important principle: a violation of sth He said the leaked report was a violation of the confidentiality of the investigation. The black market for body organs is a violation of human dignity.
(Definition of violation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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