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Legal Definition and Related Resources of Breach

Meaning of Breach

The violation of a right or an obligation , ora duty.

Breach Alternative Definition

In Contracts. The violation of an obligation, engagement, or duty. Breach may be either by renunciation, that is, by the declaration of the party that he does not intend to perform (32 Iowa, 409; 61 N. Y. 362; 52 Wis. 240), by such acts as will render performance impossible (82 N. Y. 108; 22 Fed. 522; 16 Mass. 161), or by actually failing to perform any or all the terms of the contract; the two first mentioned being constructive breaches, and the last, actual breach. A continuing breach is one where the condition of things constituting a breach continues during a period of time, or where the acts constituting a breach are repeated at brief intervals. P. Moore, 242; 1 Leon. 62; 1 Salk. 141; Holt, 178; 2 Ld. Raym. 1125. In Pleading. That part of the declaration in which the violation of the defendant”s contract is stated.

Breach Legal Definition

Breaking a law, right, obligation, or duty, either by doing an act or failing to do an act.

Synonyms of Breach


  • break
  • contravention
  • default
  • delinquency
  • dereliction
  • discutere
  • disobedience
  • disregard
  • dissension
  • dis sentience
  • encroachment
  • enmity
  • failure
  • illegal evasion
  • illicitness
  • impropriety
  • infidelity
  • infraction
  • infringement
  • inobservance
  • neglection
  • nonadherence
  • noncompletion
  • nonconformity
  • nonfulfilment
  • nonobservance
  • nonperformance
  • omission
  • perfidy
  • perfringere
  • rejection
  • repudiation
  • retraction
  • shortcoming
  • tergiversation
  • transgression
  • trespass
  • unconformity
  • Associated Concepts: anticipatory breach
  • breach of bond
  • breach of contract
  • breach of covenant
  • breach of dity
  • breach of faith
  • breach of lease
  • breach of marriage promise
  • breach of promise
  • breach of the close
  • breach of the covenant of warranty
  • breach of the peace
  • breach of trust
  • breach of warranty
  • constructive breach
  • continuing breach
  • material breach
  • partial breach
  • total breach

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Breach in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Acceleration, Acceleration Clause, Accrual, Assembly, Assumpsit, Chose, Condition, Condition Subsequent, Condonation, Confession And Avoidance, Contravention, Culpable, Damages, Disorderly Conduct, Forfeiture, Security For Good Behavior, Intervening Agency, Keeping The Peace, Measure Of Damages, Misbehavior, Mitigation Of Damages, Moratory Interest, Palsgraf Rule, Passive Negligence, Penalty, Personal Action, Prize Fight, Re-entry, Proviso For, Real Action, Right Of Entry, Safe Place Of Work, Specific Performance, Things In Action, , Treason.

What does Breach mean in American Law?

The definition of Breach in the law of the United States, as defined by the lexicographer Arthur Leff in his legal dictionary is:

A breaking, which may be of one”s obligation, as in breach of contract and breach of trust, or may be more physical, as in breach of close and breach of the peace.


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English Spanish Translation of Breach

Incumplimiento, Quebrantamiento.
Breach of close: infracción de la intimidad.
Breach of confidence/faith cohecho: abuso de confianza.
Breach of contract: incumplimiento de contrato. Breach of copyright: plagio, violación de la propiedad intelectual.
Breach of duty: incumplimiento de un deber.
Breach of official duty: prevaricato.
Breach of statutory duty; incumplimiento de los deberes exigidos por la Ley.
Breach of the peace: alteración del orden público (public nuisance).
Breach of trust: abuso de confianza.
Breach of warranty: violación de garantía.

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