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noun [countable] breach pronunciation in British English /briːtʃ/
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  1. 1
    a failure to follow a law or rule
    breach of: Reproduction of the CD constitutes a breach of copyright.
    be in breach of something: The company was found to be in breach of environmental regulations.
    1. a.
      a failure to do something that you have promised to do or that people expect you to do
      breach of contract: If you don’t deliver on time, you could be sued for breach of contract.
      breach of trust/confidentiality: a clear breach of patient confidentiality
  2. 2
    formal a serious disagreement
    This could lead to a major breach in our relationship with China.



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