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[vahy-uh-ley-tiv, vahy-uh-luh-tiv] /ˈvaɪ əˌleɪ tɪv, ˈvaɪ ə lə tɪv/
involving violation.
Origin of violative
First recorded in 1790-1800; violate + -ive
Related forms
nonviolative, adjective
unviolative, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Is not this compulsory support most violative of constitutional and religious rights?

    Public School Education Michael Mller
  • Mr. Toombs denied that the bill was a "Pandora's box of evil," or that its passage was violative of the good faith of the South.

    Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
  • The Florida salvage act is not violative of the Constitution.

  • His continuance in the priesthood of an abjured faith was violative of every principle of honesty!

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
Word Origin and History for violative

by 1725, from violate + -ive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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