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

Examples of expunction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Sun Sentinel previously reported that the bill would increase privacy measures for victims, hiding all records related to their expunctions from public view. Spencer Norris, Sun Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2023 The funds could be used both on their defenses in criminal cases and to cover costs associated with getting an expunction, according to the bill. Spencer Norris, Sun Sentinel, 27 Jan. 2023 Without an expunction, the criminal accusation can still appear when a person applies for a job or tries to purchase a house. Dallas News, 2 Nov. 2022 The new law allows for the expunction of criminal records for unlawful carrying of a handgun in nonprohibited places before Sept. 1. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Oct. 2021 Democratic State Senators Lauren Book and Daphne Campbell introduced a similar bill for the 2018 legislative session that would have created a trust fund, though without public assistance on expunction petitions. Spencer Norris, Sun Sentinel, 27 Jan. 2023 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

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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 29 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


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