Definition of infringement in English:

infringement

noun

  • 1The action of breaking the terms of a law, agreement, etc.; violation.

    ‘copyright infringement’
    [count noun] ‘an infringement of the rules’
    • ‘We were warned that the authorities do not take unauthorised access, indeed any infringements, lightly.’
    • ‘To take another example, copyright law forbids vicarious or contributory infringement.’
    • ‘Earlier in the season, however, Milnthorpe were docked 10 points for an innocent rule infringement, so perhaps the outcome was justified.’
    • ‘Criminal proceedings were brought in the United Kingdom for infringement of fisheries legislation.’
    • ‘The dismemberment is done in visualization only, hence there is no infringement of the rule of conduct.’
    • ‘Finally, lawyers presented the accusation before the members of the tribunal, detailing the circumstances of the infringements that had taken place.’
    • ‘I have also underlined those features of the claim which are relied on for the allegation of infringement.’
    • ‘I accept that in such a case, the Court should only find an infringement of Community law, where the Member State's administrative action is manifestly inappropriate.’
    • ‘It has also made suing infringers easier for publishers by permitting suit against the facilitator of copyright infringement.’
    • ‘So it's a diminution of any economic potential as well as infringement on their law.’
    • ‘Prisoners demonstrate the extent to which they are a risk to themselves and others through infringements of prison rules and regulations known as misconducts.’
    • ‘He therefore pleads that each act by the defendants is an infringement.’
    • ‘Related to the quality issue are proposals to change the damages awarded for infringement.’
    • ‘So unless there's direct copying, there is no infringement.’
    • ‘The entire site is protected under law and any infringement will result in legal action being taken against the offender.’
    • ‘It is to be noticed, that the order makes no express provision for the event of an infringement of the rule.’
    • ‘The gravity and duration of the infringement are to be taken into account in determining the amount of the fine.’
    • ‘There are too many penalties in the game, and too many for trifling infringements.’
    • ‘Any opposition or infringement of the strict work rules resulted in fines which reduced their already minimal take home pay.’
    • ‘For those prosecuted under federal copyright law, the punishment for criminal infringement may depend on the value of the copied work.’
    contravention, violation, transgression, breach, breaking, non-observance, non-compliance, neglect, dereliction, failure to observe
    undermining, erosion, weakening, compromise
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  • 2The action of limiting or undermining something.

    ‘the infringement of the right to privacy’
    [count noun] ‘this bill is an infringement of our civil liberties’
    • ‘He alleged that the exercise was an infringement on the basic federal structure of the Constitution.’
    • ‘Most religious groups from all of the communities oppose the restriction on building religious structures and continue to view it as an infringement upon religious freedom.’
    • ‘State laws relating to immigration were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court as infringements of Congress's power to regulate foreign commerce.’
    • ‘Rather the Iraqis have taken the opposite tack, practically flaunting their sanctions-busting activities and denouncing the UN regimen as an unjust infringement on their sovereignty.’
    • ‘It did not see its role as defending universal rights against infringements by the state, but rather, the opposite.’
    • ‘More importantly, they are an infringement on the very freedoms that Washington's over-hyped "war on terror" is supposedly being fought to protect.’
    • ‘Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.’
    • ‘The author argues that the new Act is extremely punitive and constitutes a gross infringement of civil liberties.’
    • ‘Protesters complain that this defensive structure is an outrage - an infringement on free speech that will only incite a siege mentality.’
    • ‘Pure constitutionalist libertarians will say though that any laws are an infringement on rights.’
    • ‘He insists doctors do not ask for patients to be tested before they are treated and would consider new rules an infringement of doctors' civil liberties.’
    • ‘These critics imply that he harbored excessive and even irrational fears about government infringement on American civil liberties and about encroachments on personal privacy.’
    • ‘I keep to speed limits because I do not see them as an infringement of my civil liberties but as a protection for vulnerable road users.’
    • ‘But somehow, preventative medicine gets spun into an infringement on our God-given right to get drunk wherever and whenever we like.’
    • ‘Unjustified, or even accidental infringements of the privilege erode the public's confidence in the fairness of the criminal justice system.’
    • ‘The big problem is that the broader public does not see the RIP Act as an infringement of their personal liberties or rights.’
    • ‘I thought that was an infringement of my privacy.’
    • ‘Three families in France have won, on appeal, monetary damages for infringement of their childrens' rights not to have been born.’
    • ‘An injury, therefore, which in this respect puts him under any unjust restraint, may be called an infringement of his political rights.’
    • ‘What constitutes an infringement of privacy or bad taste or a failure to conform to proper standards of decency is very much a matter of personal judgment.’

Pronunciation:

infringement

/ɪnˈfrɪn(d)ʒm(ə)nt/