material breach

Definition of "material breach"
  1. A significant violation of a contract that compromises the agreement to the extent that it releases the aggrieved party from their duties and possibly allows them to seek compensation
How to use "material breach" in a sentence
  1. The contractor's failure to complete the house on the agreed date was a material breach of contract.
  2. Failure to pay rent for several months by a tenant constitutes a material breach of the lease agreement.
  3. Since the supplier didn't deliver the goods on the agreed date, it was a material breach, and the buyer decided to terminate the contract.

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