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breach of the peace

noun, Law.
a violation of the public peace, as by a riot, disturbance, etc.
Origin of breach of the peace
1665-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In taking possession, a secured party may proceed without judicial process if this can be done without breach of the peace.
  • Finally, the officer determines if the comment was of a threatening nature and a breach of the peace.
  • Thankfully, defendant's words did not incite an actual breach of the peace.
  • Regrettably, in this case, those frustrations escalated into arrests for breach of the peace and this lawsuit.
  • Distinguish between disorderly conduct and breach of the peace.
British Dictionary definitions for breach of the peace

breach of the peace

(law) an offence against public order causing an unnecessary disturbance of the peace
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