Violation vs volition

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Violation and volition are two words that are close in spelling and pronunciation, and are sometimes confused. We will examine the definitions of violation and volition, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

A violation is the act of breaking a rule or breaking a law. A violation may also be the act of treating someone disrespectfully or treating something that is sacred in a disrespectful manner. A violation may also mean the sexual mistreatment of a person. Violation is a noun, the verb form is violate. Related words are violates, violated, violating, violator, violative. The word violation is derived from the Latin word violationem which means irreverence or injury.

Volition is the act of using one’s own will, the act of exercising your personal ability to steer you own fate. Related word volitional, volitionally. The word volition is derived from the Latin word volitio which means I wish.


University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves and his wife flew multiple times at university expense on premium class rather than economy in violation of university policy, according to an audit report by the UT System. (The Austin American-Statesman)

With the dismissal of lawsuits accusing McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim of illegally detaining people based on their immigration status, the sheriff maintains that his agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was never in violation of state law. (The Northwest Herald)

Amazan responded to the controversial statements by saying that her ticket had no relation to Parent or the Twitter individual, saying that Parent acted out of his own volition. (The Massachusetts Daily Collegian)

But Judge of Appeal Andrew Phang noted that Chew was in court not out of his own volition but because of investigations into a separate offence. (The Straits Times)

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