infraction

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noun in·frac·tion \in-ˈfrak-shən\

Definition of infraction

  1. :  the act of infringing :  violation

infract

play \in-ˈfrakt\ transitive verb

Examples of infraction in a Sentence

  1. speeding is only a minor infraction, but vehicular homicide is a serious felony

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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.

Origin and Etymology of infraction

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


First Known Use: 15th century


INFRACTION Defined for English Language Learners

infraction

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Definition of infraction for English Language Learners

  • : an act that breaks a rule or law


INFRACTION Defined for Kids

infraction

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noun in·frac·tion \in-ˈfrak-shən\

Definition of infraction for Students

  1. :  violation an infraction of the rules


Law Dictionary

infraction

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noun in·frac·tion \in-ˈfrak-shən\

Legal Definition of infraction

  1. :  the act of infringing :  violation

infract

\-ˈfrakt\ play transitive verb


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