One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A violation or infringement of a law or agreement.
infringement, contravention, breach, violation, transgression, breakingView synonyms
- ‘This all seems very reasonable if the types of crimes are minor infractions, like trespassing.’
- ‘His history with law infractions leads to the conclusion that he understands how the criminal justice system works.’
- ‘In general, it means that whenever a public body exceeds or abuses the powers vested in it the courts may intervene to correct the infraction.’
- ‘I am of the view that there was no reasonable basis for detention of Mr. Stephen on an alleged infraction of the seatbelt legislation.’
- ‘The offences that colleagues shield are not necessarily major infractions to be protected from external eyes.’
- ‘Punishment is meted out to the offender because this is what he deserves in response to his infraction of the criminal law.’
- ‘Many of the cases they cited included the harassment of black workers and youth like Thomas, or their arrest for petty infractions.’
- ‘The accused are then charged with relatively minor infractions after public opinion has already been rallied against them.’
- ‘Here are some members of Congress willing to listen to the public and to take seriously the infractions of public trust.’
- ‘Discipline occurred most often for verbal infractions and social transgressions.’
- ‘The House bill would make it a federal misdemeanor crime, rather than merely a civil infraction, to violate immigration laws.’
- ‘Murder is an infraction of every known ethical paradigm.’
- ‘The most common crimes are infractions of the traffic code, infractions of drug laws, and theft.’
- ‘I don't think the legislation is aimed at saving the streets from minor criminal infractions.’
- ‘The enforcement procedure had not been sufficiently defined with respect to infractions.’
- ‘She says that the charge from that incident was a misdemeanor, an infraction that would not seem enough to establish her as a threat to aviation.’
- ‘A plot of a car's progress is sent to the insurance company on a daily basis, so speed limit infractions can be spotted.’
- ‘It was easy to create infractions within the large corporate infrastructure.’
- ‘Researchers then asked the injured parties how strongly they'd actually feel about such infractions.’
- ‘The students committed misdemeanor infractions; their teacher gets hit with multiple felonies.’
Late Middle English: from Latin infractio(n-), from the verb infringere (see infringe).
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