Definition of infraction in English:


Syllabification: in·frac·tion
Pronunciation: /inˈfrakSHən


  • A violation or infringement of a law, agreement, or set of rules.
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    • Punishment is meted out to the offender because this is what he deserves in response to his infraction of the criminal law.
    • The House bill would make it a federal misdemeanor crime, rather than merely a civil infraction, to violate immigration laws.
    • I am of the view that there was no reasonable basis for detention of Mr. Stephen on an alleged infraction of the seatbelt legislation.
    violation, contravention, breach, transgression, infringement, offense; neglect, dereliction, noncompliance; Law contumacy



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  • Other than confiscating gear and catch there is little a group can do to punish infractors.
  • Sanctioners are chosen because they are structurally close to the infractors, but often also because they are relatively more powerful.
  • The type of infraction was used to classify drivers as infractors or non-infractors.


late Middle English: from Latin infractio(n-), from the verb infringere (see infringe).

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