Meaning of “violation” in the English Dictionary

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"violation" in British English

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violationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌvaɪ.əˈleɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌvaɪ.əˈleɪ.ʃən/

an action that breaks or acts against something, especially a law, agreement, principle, or something that should be treated with respect:

He claimed that the way he'd been treated was a gross violation of his civil/constitutional/human rights.
It was clear that they had not acted in violation of the rules.

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(Definition of “violation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"violation" in Business English

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violationnoun

uk /ˌvaɪəˈleɪʃən/ us

[ 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)