break /'brāk/ vb broke /'brōk/, bro·ken, /'brō-kən/, break·ing, /'brā-kiŋ/
1 a: violate transgress
b: to invalidate (a will) by a court proceeding
2 a: to open (another's real property) by force or without privilege (as consent) for entry
— often used in the phrase break and enter
one who break s and enters a dwelling-house of another — W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.
b: to escape by force from
break s prison or escapes or flees from justiceColorado Revised Statutes
3: to cause (a strike) to fail and discontinue by means (as force) other than bargaining
vi: to escape with forceful effort
— often used with out
prisoners wounded while attempting to break out
break in·to: to enter by force or without privilege
an officer may break into a buildingArizona Revised Statutes

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (fracture) verb burst, cave in, comminute, cut, destroy, fissure, fragment, hew, interpenetrate, interrumpere, penetrate, pierce, pulverize, puncture, rend, rupture, scatter, shatter, shiver, smash, splinter, stave in associated concepts: breakage, breaking a close, breaking and entering, burglary, forcible entry and detainer II (separate) verb cleave, crack, detach, disband, disconnect, disengage, disentangle, disintegrate, disjoin, dislocate, dismantle, dispart, disperse, dissociate, disunite, divaricate, force apart, force open, get free, get loose, incise, lop, open, part, rive, sever, split, split off, subdivide, sunder, take apart, take to pieces, unbind, unchain, unclinch, uncouple, unfetter, unknot, unloose, untie associated concepts: break in occupancy, break in the chain of events III (violate) verb abscind, be derelict, be guilty of infraction, breach, defy, disobey, disregard, infringe, invade, neglect, trample upon, transgress, trespass IV index adjournment, alienation (estrangement), breach, cessation (interlude), cloture, controversy (argument), damage, digression, disable, disassociation, discontinue (abandon), discontinue (break continuity), estrangement, extension (postponement), halt (noun), halt (verb), hiatus, infringe, interrupt, interruption, interval, leave (absence), lull, luxate, moratorium, part (separate), pause (noun), pause (verb), pendency, recess (noun), recess (verb), remission, rend, respite (interval of rest), rift (disagreement), rift (gap), schism, separate, separation, split (noun), split (verb), spoil (impair), subdue, transition, violate

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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