breach of contract

unexcused failure to fulfill one's duties under a contract.

1825–35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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breach of contract definition

Failure to live up to the terms of a contract. The failure may provoke a lawsuit, in which an aggrieved party asks a court to award financial compensation for the loss brought about by the breach.

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Example sentences
The professor accuses the college of defamation and breach of contract in her
  firing last year.
However she is now refusing to take occupancy and claiming breach of contract
  due to our misrepresentation of the property.
If they were a breach of contract, they should be reclaimed through civil
The papers claim breach of contract, among other things.
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