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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun breach:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb breach:


Breach is sometimes a misspelling of break.

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Definition of the noun breach

What does breach mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: breaches

  1. a failure to perform some promised act or obligation
  2. an opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification)
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic words: gap / opening = an open or empty space in or between things
  3. a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)

Alternative definition of the noun breach


  1. The act of breaking, in a figurative sense.
  2. [legal] 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 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.
  4. A breaking up of amicable relations; rupture.
  5. A breaking of waters, as over a vessel or a coastal defence; the waters themselves; surge; surf.
  6. A breaking out upon; an assault.
  7. [archaic] A bruise; a wound.
  8. [archaic] A hernia; a rupture.

Definition of the verb breach

What does breach mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: breached | breaching | breaches

  1. act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
  2. make an opening or gap in
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of breach: gap
    • more generic terms: open / open up = cause to open or to become open

Alternative definition of the verb breach


  1. [transitive] To make a breach in.
  2. [transitive] To violate or break.
  3. [transitive, nautical, of the sea] to break into a ship or into a coastal defence
  4. [intransitive] [context: of a whale] to leap clear out of the water

Specialised definition of the verb breach

Glossary of justice

to break an agreement or condition of an order

  • region: UK


  1. "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.
  2. "Breach" a.k.a. "Bristning" is a 2012 short film directed by Åsa Båve and Amanda Leissner.
  3. "Breach" is a 2011 short comedy film written and directed by Greg Pittard.

Phrases with Breach

Phrases starting with the word Breach:

  1. breach of duty
  2. breach of trust
  3. breach of promise
  4. breach of contract
  5. breach of warranty
  6. breach of the peace
  7. breach of the covenant of warranty
  8. breach of trust with fraudulent intent

Phrases ending with the word Breach:

  1. Hull Breach
  2. partial breach
  3. material breach
  4. anticipatory breach
  5. constructive breach

Other phrase containing the word Breach:

  1. Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Breach

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Google previewGlobalization and New International Public Works Agreements in Developing Countries (2016)

An Analytical Perspective by Mohamed A.M. Ismail

It is recognized in all contracts, whether they are administrative or civil, that the contractual breach is the failure of the debtor to fulfil the obligations set forth in the contract, for whatsoever reason, and whether such failure is due to an ...

Google previewPerformance Theory (2003)

by Richard Schechner

A breach is a situation that schisms a social unit—family, work group, village, community, nation, etc. A crisis is a...

Google previewCompTIA Security+ SY0-401 Exam Cram (2015)

by Diane Barrett, Martin Weiss, Kirk Hausman

Companies such as Neiman Marcus, eBay, Home Depot, and Sony have recently made headlines due to large-scale data breaches. One of the most important points about a data breach is that mitigation of further loss of data is necessary, ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style (2000)

by Bryan A. Garner

breach ( = [1] n., an opening or gap; or [2] vb., to break open) can be a troublesome word. In general usage, it is confused with two ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Accounting (2016)

by Jonathan Law

An indication that a contract will be breached in the future is called repudiation or an anticipatory breach; it may be either expressed in words or implied from conduct. Such an implication arises when the only reasonable inference from a ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Law (2009)

by Elizabeth A. Martin

breach is minor, thus overriding the common law principle described here. The process of treating a contract as discharged by reason of repudiation or actual breach is sometimes referred to as *rescission or repudiation,but thislatter termis ...

Google previewMultilingual Law Dictionary (1979)

by Lawrence Deems Egbert, Fernando Morales Macedo

breach of authority abus d'autorité, de pouvoir abuso de autoridad, de poder Missbrauch der Amtsgewalt 924. breach of confidence, faith, trust ...

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Quotes about Breach

Thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations, and thou shalt be called, the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in.
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Scrabble value of B3R1E1A1C3H4

The value of this 6-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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