infraction

noun
in·​frac·​tion | \ in-ˈfrak-shən How to pronounce infraction (audio) \

Definition of infraction

: the act of infringing : violation

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Other Words from infraction

infract \ in-​ˈfrakt How to pronounce infraction (audio) \ transitive verb

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An infraction is usually the breaking of a law, rule, or agreement. So a nation charged with an infraction of an international treaty will usually have to pay a penalty. In Federal law, an infraction is even smaller than a misdemeanor, and the only penalty is a fine. Most of us occasionally commit infractions of parking laws and get ticketed; speeding tickets are usually for infractions as well, though they go on a permanent record and can end up costing you money for years to come. The closely related word infringement generally refers to a violation of a right or privilege; use of another's writings without permission, for example, may be an infringement of the copyright.

Examples of infraction in a Sentence

speeding is only a minor infraction, but vehicular homicide is a serious felony
Recent Examples on the Web The bill wanted to make possession of paraphernalia used for consumption a Class D infraction. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "Every marijuana reform bill in Indiana died this year except for one. Here's what it says.," 26 Mar. 2021 The woman was cited for the traffic infraction and arrested on the warrant. cleveland, "Fleeing car crashes into tree: Solon Police Blotter," 25 Mar. 2021 So when someone commits a mask infraction, be it accidentally or on purpose, a flight attendant will approach. Elliott Hester, Los Angeles Times, "When flight attendants become mask cops, the noncompliant can get grounded," 10 Mar. 2021 San Jose killed Kevin Labanc’s high stick infraction at 14:34 but was not able to deny St. Louis when the forward took a tripping penalty at 18:27 on his next shift. Ross Mckeon, San Francisco Chronicle, "Evander Kane's goal in overtime gives Sharks a 3-2 win over Blues," 8 Mar. 2021 The parade to the penalty box by the Wild continued, with Nick Bjugstad getting called for a faceoff violation infraction. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Wild rides three-goal first period to beat Kings 5-3," 28 Jan. 2021 Officials appeared to miss the infraction, which ESPN announcer Renee Montgomery noted on the broadcast. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Troy women fall to Texas A&M after controversial backcourt no-call," 23 Mar. 2021 Animal Control Officers are required to issue infraction tickets to those in violation of the State statute. courant.com, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 12 Mar. 2021 Jallow had issued an arrest order for the infraction and was yelling in Chinese. Ian Urbina, The New Yorker, "Fish Farming Is Feeding the Globe. What’s the Cost for Locals?," 1 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of infraction

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for infraction

Middle English, from Medieval Latin infraction-, infractio, from Latin, subduing, from infringere to break — more at infringe

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12 Apr 2021

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“Infraction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infraction. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for infraction

infraction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of infraction

formal : an act that breaks a rule or law

infraction

noun
in·​frac·​tion | \ in-ˈfrak-shən How to pronounce infraction (audio) \

Kids Definition of infraction

: violation an infraction of the rules

infraction

noun
in·​frac·​tion | \ in-ˈfrak-shən How to pronounce infraction (audio) \

Legal Definition of infraction

: the act of infringing : violation

Other Words from infraction

infract \ -​ˈfrakt How to pronounce infraction (audio) \ transitive verb

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