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a breach of (a) condition (=an act of not doing what has been agreed)
▪ You can sue the company for a breach of condition.
a breach of an agreement (=an act of breaking an agreement)
▪ Both sides were accusing each other of breaches of the agreement.
a breach of disciplineformal (= an act of not obeying the rules)
▪ Being absent without permission was a breach of discipline.
a breach of security (=when something happens that the security should have stopped)
▪ There was a serious breach of security at the prison last Friday.
a breach of the rules formal (= something that is against the rules)
▪ a serious breach of the rules
a whale breaches (=comes up through the surface of the water)
▪ He got a picture of a whale breaching, with droplets of water glittering in the sun.
be in breach of contract (=have done something that your contract does not allow)
breach of confidentiality (=when someone gives away information they have promised to keep secret)
▪ It’s a breach of confidentiality for a priest to reveal what someone has said in the confessional.
breach of contract (=an action that your contract does not allow)
▪ They are suing the building company for breach of contract.
breach of privilege (=a breaking of the rules about what a Member of Parliament can do or say)
breach/violate/contravene a codeformal (= break one)
▪ Any companies breaching the code will be expelled from the Association.
flagrant abuse/violation/breach etc
▪ flagrant violations of human rights
heal the wounds/breach/division/rift
▪ Our main goal must be to heal the divisions in our society.
infringement/breach of copyright (=when you break the copyright laws)
▪ At Mansfield a 20 year-old miner went to prison even though unconvicted of any offence for alleged breach of bail conditions.
▪ According to the ITAR-TASS news agency the referendum call was voted down because of alleged breaches in the law during the collection of signatures.
▪ There is widespread anxiety that the Bill may be a clear breach of the Race Relations Act 1976.
▪ This was a clear breach of the understanding on which he had come on a joint mission to the pope.
▪ It soon became clear that breach of confidence was actionable perse, and did not require a contractual relationship between the parties.
▪ This was a very clear example of breach but others are less obvious.
▪ An argument over a lost ball ended in a clear breach of etiquette - a club across the back.
▪ That action is in clear breach of the Local Government Act 1986 and the Widdicombe rules.
▪ All this is in clear breach of the 1952 directive.
▪ An obvious example would be if it reached a decision in flagrant breach of the rules of natural justice.
▪ The courts were generally reluctant to construe an exclusion clause as covering cases of breach of fundamental term or fundamental breach.
▪ A fundamental breach is one which the courts would consider more serious than an ordinary breach.
▪ The third stage, the trial, makes a fundamental breach with the past.
▪ It therefore appears that an exclusion clause can apply, even to cases of fundamental breach and breach of fundamental term.
▪ Secondly, the courts developed the doctrine of fundamental breach of contract.
▪ The request for her to stay away from work for two months out of 12 was not sufficient to amount to a fundamental breach.
▪ These cases are examples of fundamental breach.
▪ If it were not given the Vendor would be liable for any breaches of warranty.
▪ She therefore would not have been liable for breach of contract.
▪ When an agent makes a contract either the principal is liable or the agent is liable for a breach of authority.
▪ Under the Consumer Credit Act the credit card company is also liable for any breach of contract.
▪ The seller was liable for breach of the condition of fitness for purpose.
▪ The Soviet Union can never be a party to the Treaty, and material breach gives no rights to non-parties.
▪ If a Protocol party acts in material breach of the Protocol, who has the right of termination or suspension?
▪ The ruling of incompetency supported Costa Rica's interests in a way that a holding of material breach would not.
▪ The most serious breach occurred in the spring and summer of 1941 as a result of a crisis in the Middle East.
▪ Instead they retain the status of written professional standards. Serious or persistent breach of the standards could amount to professional misconduct.
▪ In serious breaches of these codes, the professional can be struck off the professional register. 5.
▪ How to respond A serious breach of contract by your employer does not itself end your employment.
▪ A more serious breach of ethics came with the publication of a picture of Mitterrand on his deathbed.
▪ In 1965, an undertaking was given that only serious breaches of the Act should be proceeded against.
▪ A serious breach occurred as the result of the Hunger March of 18 October and 1 November 1932.
▪ To confirm the fact was a serious security breach in itself.
▪ In contrast, another survey found that as many as 75% of security breaches are perpetrated by insiders.
▪ This potential security breach has been plugged in most of the new mail systems.
▪ To confirm the fact was a serious security breach in itself.
▪ One alleges breach of contract, unfair business practices and false advertising, among other things.
▪ Paragraph 23 of the statement of claim alleges the breaches by Pantell S.A. of sections 3, 47, 56 and 57.
▪ After a travesty of a trial, Conde was given a five-year jail sentence for an alleged breach of national security.
▪ The police arrested Agu and four others for conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace.
▪ What had caused this sudden breach between father and son?
▪ It can become conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace, or obstruction, or even assault.
▪ Causation in fact deals with the question of whether as a matter of fact the damage was caused by the breach of duty.
▪ Novinpoor admitted conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace and was bound over.
▪ When the inspectors refused to give all the desired assurances the directors claimed a breach of natural justice.
▪ He claimed damages for the breach of contract.
▪ The plaintiff issued a writ against the defendant claiming that a breach of confidence had occurred.
▪ The result of committing the breach would be known all over the neighbourhood and seriously affect the value of the premises.
▪ If one creditor then sues for the balance of his debt he commits a breach of contract with each of those creditors.
▪ The very act of concluding a conflicting treaty would constitute breach and could be treated as such by its other parties.
▪ The Standing might constitute a breach of sacramental etiquette, but it was hardly a breach of the peace.
▪ First, there is direct inconsistency in the sense that compliance with one would necessarily constitute breach of the other.
▪ There is the difficult issue of whether use as opposed to disclosure constitutes breach.
▪ They claimed it was inaccurate, misleading and constituted a breach of journalistic ethics.
▪ Should he try to heal the breach between Andrew Neil and Lamont?
▪ This is presumably because it is seldom possible to heal the breach that is usually created by fighting a legal battle.
▪ This did not involve the breach of any subsisting contract between Acrow and Rex Chainbelt.
▪ It has also shown that these groups of people and institutions have been involved in widespread breaches of the law.
▪ He admitted a further 17 charges involving the breach of computer software and video copyright law.
▪ Their specific duty is to prevent a breach of the peace or to enforce a court order; for example, access.
▪ It must also be remembered that the fundamental duty imposed on the police is to prevent a breach of the peace.
▪ Who will step into the breach?
▪ Pawelski would like to step into the breach.
▪ So Mrs Thatcher, demonstrating hitherto unsuspected social graces, decided to step into the breach herself.
▪ Mixed, she said, because it had given the theatre the opportunity to invite P.L. O'Hara to step into the breach.
▪ You are very brave to step into the breach.
▪ At the eleventh hour, Halifax has stepped into the breach.
▪ Any well-drafted transfer will therefore provide for the transfer of the right to sue for such breaches.
▪ The owners of the property on which the sign sat sued Bressler for breach of contract.
▪ His remedy was to sue for breach of contract.
▪ Before then, unions could not be sued for breach of these agreements.
▪ She and the company's chairman, Weng You-ming, were being sued for breach of trust in the sale.
▪ He sued for breach of contract.
▪ Fiona is advised by fellow students that she can sue Uncle Tom for breach of contract.
▪ He can not sue the manufacturer for breach of the latter's contract of sale.
▪ Britain could not risk a breach with the U.S. over the trade issue.
▪ In future, six-monthly accounts will be required from those firms that are in breach of the rules.
▪ Selling the product to another distributor is a clear breach of the agreement.
▪ The U.N. says there have been grave breaches of human rights.
▪ This is a clear breach of the 1994 Trade Agreement.
▪ Workers who have lost their jobs plan to sue the company for breach of contract.
▪ Jacobitism Not everyone was reconciled to the breach in the succession that occurred with the Glorious Revolution.
▪ Section 146 distinguishes between remediable and irremediable breaches of covenant.
▪ The former and less serious type is a breach of warranty and the latter is a breach of condition.
▪ The judge found the defendants to have been in breach of the injunction and committed each to prison for four months.
▪ The producer's duty ends here unless there is cause to suspect a subsequent breach.
▪ The second approach is that breach of the statute provides only primafacie evidence of negligence.
▪ The sector with which we are here concerned was thus an exceptional breach in a hitherto all-male part of the labour market.
▪ This follows the usual contractual claim for breach.
▪ Any companies which seriously breach the code face expulsion from the Direct Marketing Association, which is behind the new guidelines.
▪ No charges of breaching the Code of Professional Conduct were ever brought.
▪ Faceless, unqualified reviewers define our work, remove our colleagues from panels and routinely breach confidentiality.
▪ At first sight the paradox that liberalism requires not only freedom of contract but also freedom to breach any contract is quickly resolved.
▪ Mr George sued, claiming that the school board had breached the contract.
▪ We know, don't we, that Lamb hasn't been fined so heavily for breaching a harsh contract.
▪ Are other remedies available when one party breaches a contract?
▪ A teacher who does not abide by its terms also breaches a contract.
▪ When the school board breaches a contract, must the teacher look for another teaching position to collect damages?
▪ School officials can also breach a contract if they attempt to change the terms of a contract after it is in effect.
▪ In certain circumstances, the customer's consent will never constitute a defence to breach of fiduciary duty.
▪ During employment the employee could not use or disclose this information without breaching the duty of fidelity.
▪ To do so would breach copyright laws.
▪ This will include newspaper cuttings and the references referred to above, although taking care not to breach copyright laws.
▪ Programme S.TODAY, 21.10.93SNA A director of a bust timeshare firm has admitted breaching strict consumer protection laws.
▪ If these conditions are met, then the inaccurate data does not breach this principle.
▪ National Westminster Bank has been fined $ 1.12m for breaching regulations on the sale of insurance and investments.
▪ Care needs to be taken that the school doesn't breach the regulations imposed by the Education Reform Act.
▪ Undertakers who breach these rules risk prosecution.
▪ A passing off action will lie to restrain the use of any firm name which breaches this rule.
▪ True, the police do at times breach the rules laid down by the law.
▪ London's complaint that National Power had breached non-discrimination rules was rejected by Prof Littlechild.
▪ At two stores, cars were used unsuccessfully as battering rams to breach security shutters.
▪ The techniques he used to breach computer security systems remain available to others.
▪ It is especially easy for employees to breach a security system.
▪ I hated to imagine what the consequences of breaching this trust might be.
▪ Sam claims her father breached the trust she placed in him and says he is holding on to her cash.
▪ They had to breach the walls at close quarters and then scale them, using ladders and fighting-towers.
▪ One of the earliest explosive devices was the petard, which was a mine used to breach castle walls or gates.
▪ When this exploded, fortunately not fiercely enough to breach the wall of the vessel, the operators realized what was happening.
▪ Amnesty's job is to breach these walls, to discover the truth within, and then to act.
▪ With six thousand Cornishmen he crossed the Tamar and breached the walls of Exeter before being repulsed.
▪ On Friday, flood waters breached the river's banks.
▪ The court ruled that he had breached the terms of the agreement.
▪ He tried a few jokes to breach their blandness.
▪ If these conditions are met, then the inaccurate data does not breach this principle.
▪ One glance also breached his initial prediction.
▪ The oil companies accuse villagers of breaching the pipes to steal the fuel or to claim compensation for the resulting pollution.
▪ They had to breach the walls at close quarters and then scale them, using ladders and fighting-towers.
▪ Undertakers who breach these rules risk prosecution.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Breach \Breach\ (br[=e]ch), n. [OE. breke, breche, AS. brice, gebrice, gebrece (in comp.), fr. brecan to break; akin to Dan. br[ae]k, MHG. breche, gap, breach. See Break, and cf. Brake (the instrument), Brack a break] .

  1. The act of breaking, in a figurative sense.

  2. Specifically: A breaking or infraction of a law, or of any obligation or tie; violation; non-fulfillment; as, a breach of contract; a breach of promise.

  3. A gap or opening made made by breaking or battering, as in a wall or fortification; the space between the parts of a solid body rent by violence; a break; a rupture.

    Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead.

  4. A breaking of waters, as over a vessel; the waters themselves; surge; surf.

    The Lord hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters.
    --2 Sam. v. 20.

    A clear breach implies that the waves roll over the vessel without breaking.

    A clean breach implies that everything on deck is swept away.
    --Ham. Nav. Encyc.

  5. A breaking up of amicable relations; rupture.

    There's fallen between him and my lord An unkind breach.

  6. A bruise; a wound.

    Breach for breach, eye for eye.
    --Lev. xxiv. 20.

  7. (Med.) A hernia; a rupture.

  8. A breaking out upon; an assault.

    The Lord had made a breach upon Uzza.
    --1. Chron. xiii. 11.

    Breach of falth, a breaking, or a failure to keep, an expressed or implied promise; a betrayal of confidence or trust.

    Breach of peace, disorderly conduct, disturbing the public peace.

    Breach of privilege, an act or default in violation of the privilege or either house of Parliament, of Congress, or of a State legislature, as, for instance, by false swearing before a committee.
    --Mozley. Abbott.

    Breach of promise, violation of one's plighted word, esp. of a promise to marry.

    Breach of trust, violation of one's duty or faith in a matter entrusted to one.

    Syn: Rent; cleft; chasm; rift; aperture; gap; break; disruption; fracture; rupture; infraction; infringement; violation; quarrel; dispute; contention; difference; misunderstanding.


Breach \Breach\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Breached; p. pr. & vb. n. Breaching.] To make a breach or opening in; as, to breach the walls of a city.


Breach \Breach\, v. i. To break the water, as by leaping out; -- said of a whale.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English bryce "breach, fracture, a breaking," from brecan (see break), influenced by Old French breche "breach, opening, gap," from Frankish; both from Proto-Germanic *brecho, *bræko "broken," from PIE root *bhreg- "to break" (see fraction). Figurative sense of "a breaking of rules, etc." was in Old English Breach of contract is at least from 1660s.


1570s, from breach (n.). Related: Breached; breaching.


n. 1 A gap or opening made by breaking or battering, as in a wall, fortification or levee; the space between the parts of a solid body rent by violence; a break; a rupture; a fissure. 2 A breaking up of amicable relations, a falling-out. 3 A breaking of waters, as over a vessel or a coastal defence; the waters themselves; surge; surf. 4 A breaking out upon; an assault. 5 (context archaic English) A bruise; a wound. 6 (context archaic English) A hernia; a rupture. 7 (context legal English) A breaking or infraction of a law, or of any obligation or tie; violation; non-fulfillment; as, a breach of contract; a breach of promise. 8 (context figurative English) A difference in opinions, social class etc. 9 The act of breaking, in a figurative sense. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To make a breach in. 2 (context transitive English) To violate or break. 3 (context transitive nautical of the sea English) To break into a ship or into a coastal defence. 4 (context intransitive of a whale English) To leap clear out of the water.

  1. v. act in disregard of laws and rules; "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law" [syn: transgress, offend, infract, violate, go against, break]

  2. make an opening or gap in [syn: gap]

  1. n. a failure to perform some promised act or obligation

  2. an opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification)

  3. a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); "they hoped to avoid a break in relations" [syn: rupture, break, severance, rift, falling out]

Breach (comics)

Breach (Major Tim Zanetti) is a fictional character, a superhero published by DC Comics. He first appeared in Breach #1, (March 2005) and was created by Bob Harras and Marcos Martin.

Breach (The Wallflowers album)

(Breach) is the third studio album by The Wallflowers. The album's first single was "Sleepwalker," the video of which poked fun at Dylan's "rock star" status following the success of Bringing Down the Horse. Guests on the album included Elvis Costello, who lent vocals on "Murder 101". Despite good reviews, the album failed to follow the commercial success of Bringing Down the Horse and was seen as somewhat of a commercial failure. "Breach" peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200 and was certified Gold. ''


Breach or The Breach may refer to:

Breach (film)

Breach is a 2007 American historical and political thriller film directed by Billy Ray. The screenplay by Ray, Adam Mazer and William Rotko is based on the true story of Robert Hanssen, an FBI agent convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and later Russia for more than two decades, and Eric O'Neill, who worked as his assistant and helped bring about his downfall. O'Neill served as a consultant on the film. The film received generally positive reviews.

Breach (band)
Not to be confused with the British DJ Ben Westbeech, who also goes by the name Breach.

Breach was a Swedish post hardcore band.

Breach (Shivaree album)

Breach is an EP of 5 songs including three cover songs by Shivaree, released by Zoë Records in 2004. "I close my eyes" and "657 bed b" are the original songs while the rest are covers. The first two songs were later included in the follow-up full-length album Who's Got Trouble?. This EP also features a new recording of "Fear is a man's best friend" which Shivaree had already recorded previously and included in their "John, 2/14" maxi single.

Breach (video game)

Breach is a team-based first-person shooter multiplayer video game developed by Atomic Games. It was announced on March 26, 2010 at PAX East 2010 for Windows PCs and the Xbox 360. Breach was distributed online for the Xbox 360 by Xbox Live Arcade, and on Windows by Steam. It features dynamic destructible environments and a cover system.

When released, the game featured five maps. Atomic games have said that another free map will be released once the Breach community have reached certain goals. There are four game modes: Infiltration, Convoy, Retrieval and Team Deathmatch. The game features five classes: Sniper, Gunner, Support and Rifleman are available to all players, with a Recon class being unlockable after players have "mastered" two of the four original classes. Breach has an XP system that allows players to purchase gadgets, such as bionic ears and remote motion sensors. Perks are also available to allow class customization. The game supports multiplayer matches of up to 16 people.

In Breach, players take the role of the CIA's Special Activities Division, an organisation that carries out black ops for the US government.

As of August 2011, the PC version has been removed from the Steam Store, due to lack of servers to play on and Atomic Games having seemingly gone dark. Retail versions can still be activated on Steam; Valve has been reported to be giving out Store credits to unsatisfied customers who bought the retail version after the game has been made unavailable for purchase from Steam.

BREACH (security exploit)

BREACH (a backronymBrowser Reconnaissance and Exfiltration via Adaptive Compression of Hypertext) is a security exploit against HTTPS when using HTTP compression. BREACH is built based on the CRIME security exploit. BREACH was announced at the August 2013 Black Hat conference by security researchers Angelo Prado, Neal Harris and Yoel Gluck.

Usage examples of "breach".

If any complain of this breach of honour, I must tell them that I had made a mental reservation not to keep my promise, and those who are acquainted with the morality of the children of Ignatius will understand that I was completely at my ease.

But as the breach between himself and Congress widened, as the bitterness between the partisans of the Executive and of the Legislative Departments grew more intense, the belief became general, that, as soon as Congress should adjourn, there would be a removal of all Federal officers throughout the Union who were not faithful to the principles, and did not respond to the exactions, of the Administration.

In consequence of what he considered a breach of faith on the question, he voted against the passage of the Amnesty Bill, Senator Nye of Nevada being the only one who united with him in the negative vote.

The final wave had breasted the wall to the south of the barbican, but the reinforcement company had filled the breach and driven them back.

He pointed to where the goblins had cleared the breach through the outer gate of the barbican once more and were now climbing up the inner gate.

Bengalis and Highlanders hunted through the ruins, their war cries shrill as they bayoneted and shot the garrison, while behind them, before the smoke of the carcasses had even begun to fade or the fighting in the mill die down, the engineers were constructing a stouter bridge across which they could haul their siege guns so they could turn the old mill into a breaching battery.

The hard plastic was breached in places by biochip boards wired in at odd angles.

We have from time to time for these several years bypast, emitted and published several declarations and publick testimonies against the breaches of the same, as is evident not only from our declarations of late, but also from all the wrestlings and contendings of the faithful in former times, all which we here adhere to, approve of, and homologate, as they are founded upon the Word of God and are agreeable thereto.

There was no breach of security, either, in glancing down the street where the Café Racine retired so modestly from the busy traffic of Saint-Germain.

Park of Extinct Animals was breached and many of the inner enclosures were opened, releasing into the wilderness nearly the entire extraordinary collection of carefully cloned beasts of yesteryear: moas, quaggas, giant ground sloths, dodos, passenger pigeons, aurochs, oryxes, saber-toothed cats, great auks, cahows and many another lost species that had been called back from oblivion by the most painstaking manipulation of fossil genetic material.

It was known that while Count Joscelin of Edessa had been celebrating the season of the Nativity at one of his estates upon the upper reaches of the Euphrates, Moslem hordes had fallen upon his principal city on the northern outposts of the Latin Kingdom, breached its walls, laid low its altars, and taken its burghers into captivity.

Three of us dived on the wreck - Chubby, Sherry and myself - and we manhandled the stiff black snake of the hose through the gunport and up into the breach through the well of the hold.

My very heart rose when I saw the bull-dog fellows clambering up the breach with their pikes at the trail, and never quavering in their psalm-tune, though the bullets sung around them as thick as bees in the hiving time.

They sagged and bowed, water breaching them in gouts and diluting the riverbed, eddying around the feet of the few remaining strikers, coiling like the gas above it, until with a shiver the Gross Tar reknit itself, healing the little rift that had paralysed it and confused its currents.

Possibly some such plan might have had some chance of success had the forces of the Entente been concentrated upon a single effort, and optimistic critics anticipated a breach to the north of Verdun which might close or at least threaten the neck of the German bottle between Metz and Limburg and precipitate a withdrawal from their carefully prepared positions in northern France and Belgium.