infraction

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

Definition of infraction

: the act of infringing : violation

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from infraction

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

Did You Know?

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 In its original structure, only people who had gone through Homeless Court to relieve misdemeanors or infractions other than parking tickets could apply for Clean Plates. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego offers some relief on parking citations for homeless drivers," 23 Aug. 2019 And even that wasn’t Facebook’s first Apple infraction. Anna Washenko, Ars Technica, "iOS 13 privacy feature will force total overhaul for Facebook apps," 6 Aug. 2019 The main infraction here was his incessant talking during the performance. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Critique of fellow theatergoer should be based solely on behavior," 14 Sep. 2019 The opening six infractions were whistles against the Falcons, including a horsecollar call during the Rams’ second possession that set up a Kaden Smith 12-yard run with 4:16 to play in the second stanza. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Finally, Senior Rams play their home opener and it leads to 21-6 win," 9 Sep. 2019 The council voted in July to implement an early-intervention system that would ideally identify officers who may be at risk of breaking protocol before the infraction occurs. Bree Burkitt, USA TODAY, "Phoenix cops must now report whenever they point a gun at someone after record year of shootings," 19 Aug. 2019 Full candor and cooperation are paramount to the infractions process. Dan Brechlin, courant.com, "Here’s a look at what penalties UConn and Kevin Ollie face and what comes next following NCAA investigation," 3 July 2019 Some departing teachers cited a punitive climate, where students were suspended for small infractions. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Success Academy High School Sees Wave of Teacher Departures," 24 July 2018 These are people whose lives are being affected forever for the most minor infractions. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, "Small marijuana possession no longer to be prosecuted in Broward," 30 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'infraction.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about infraction

Statistics for infraction

Last Updated

31 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for infraction

The first known use of infraction was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for infraction

infraction

noun
How to pronounce infraction (audio)

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 infract (audio) \ transitive verb

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on infraction

What made you want to look up infraction? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to spread as a report or rumor

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Confusing Words—A Quiz

  • alice with tweedle dee and tweedle dum
  • I invented a brand new toaster robot and ______ it "Sir Toasts-a-Lot."
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!