[vahy-uh-ley-tiv, vahy-uh-luh-tiv]


involving violation.

Origin of violative

First recorded in 1790–1800; violate + -ive
Related formsnon·vi·o·la·tive, adjectiveun·vi·o·la·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for violative

Historical Examples of violative

  • The Florida salvage act is not violative of the Constitution.

  • 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

  • Is not this compulsory support most violative of constitutional and religious rights?

  • 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