Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A breach or violation of a duty, a statute or a contract.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A breach, violation or infringement; as of a law, a contract, a right or duty. In French law, this term is used as a general designation of all punishable actions.