ex·​punc·​tion | \ ik-ˈspəŋ(k)-shən How to pronounce expunction (audio) \

Definition of expunction

: the act of expunging : the state of being expunged : erasure

Examples of expunction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The only articles that will be considered are those involving criminal cases in which an expunction order has been granted. Tom Steele, Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2021 Creuzot said his office has been encouraging other counties to offer expunction programs. Praveena Somasundaram, Dallas News, 6 July 2021 The expunction fee is $450, but court costs may be waived for some applicants under income guidelines. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 22 Mar. 2021 The lawyers will meet with the applicants and prepare petitions for expunction. Dallas News, 31 Mar. 2021 Securing an expunction can be costly, and especially burdensome for those who struggle to get a job because of a criminal arrest. Dallas News, 31 Mar. 2021 What happened next is unclear, obscured by the expunction of the arrest. Emilie Eaton, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Mar. 2021 Despite the expunction, Chasnoff obtained and the Express-News published a copy of the report. Marc Duvoisin, ExpressNews.com, 1 May 2020 The event will also offer help with legal matters, including expunction of criminal records, immigration, child support and landlord/tenant concerns. Brian Rogers, Houston Chronicle, 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of expunction

1606, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for expunction

Latin expungere

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22 Sep 2021

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“Expunction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expunction. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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ex·​punc·​tion | \ ik-ˈspəŋk-shən How to pronounce expunction (audio) \

Legal Definition of expunction

: the act of expunging : the state of being expunged


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