ex·​punc·​tion ik-ˈspəŋ(k)-shən How to pronounce expunction (audio)
: the act of expunging : the state of being expunged : erasure

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Only eight expunction petitions were filed in Broward County between November 2021 and July 2022, according to the Broward County Clerk of Courts. Brittany Wallman, Sun Sentinel, 4 Dec. 2022 Experts told the Sun Sentinel that victims are often unaware that expunction is an option. Brittany Wallman, Sun Sentinel, 4 Dec. 2022 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 See More

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Word History


Latin expungere

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of expunction was in 1606

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“Expunction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expunction. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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ex·​punc·​tion ik-ˈspəŋk-shən How to pronounce expunction (audio)
: the act of expunging : the state of being expunged
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