• WordNet 3.6
    • n infraction a crime less serious than a felony
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Infraction The act of infracting or breaking; breach; violation; nonobservance; infringement; as, an infraction of a treaty, compact, rule, or law.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n infraction The act of infracting or breaking; a breakage or fracture.
    • n infraction Breach; violation; infringement: as, an infraction of a treaty, compact, or law.
    • n infraction An incomplete (greenstiek) fracture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Infraction in-frak′shun violation, esp. of law: breach
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  • Jeremy Bentham
    Jeremy Bentham
    “Every law is an infraction of liberty.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. infractio,: cf. F. infraction,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—in, in, frangĕre, fractum, to break.


In literature:

They have to be very strict in these matters; to allow a stranger in the Club at all is a legal infraction.
"The Chink in the Armour" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
The utility of the thing has sanctioned the infraction.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Liberty of opinion was not to be confused with needless infractions of Church unity.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
This infraction of the rules of commerce was trifling when compared with the contraband which was carried on freely in the lower St. Lawrence.
"The Makers of Canada: Champlain" by N. E. Dionne
Subsequently an apology was offered for this gross infraction of the armistice, and the wagons returned and secured their stores.
"General Scott" by General Marcus J. Wright
Notorious Infractions of the Laws.
"The Suppression of the African Slave Trade to the United States of America" by W. E. B. Du Bois
One member pronounced it an infraction of decorum, that ought to be punished severely.
"Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams." by Josiah Quincy
No great amount of business ever had been done in this calaboose, for minor infractions of the law were not troubled with in that town.
"Trail's End" by George W. Ogden
You understand that I shall have to report this infraction of the rules to him.
"Rebels of the Red Planet" by Charles Louis Fontenay
To Maghallanes were ascribed the worst cruelties and infraction of the royal instructions.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
Infractions of the law cannot be tolerated in any age, yet its administration has been often both partial and unmerciful.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
Many have wondered that a man of Lincoln's intelligence should have been guilty of this stupid infraction of ordinary army regulations.
"The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln" by Wayne Whipple
A premeditated infraction of our rules is not better than a row.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
His laws are very clear, and the punishments for their infraction very explicit.
"History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present" by Peter Charles Remondino
But beware of a second infraction of our rules!
"Monte-Cristo's Daughter" by Edmund Flagg
The officers of the law would be powerless to detect infractions.
"Weighed and Wanting" by Dwight Moody
Any infraction of this order is to be punished by death.
"Marguerite de Valois" by Alexandre Dumas
Firing the gun was a serious infraction of the rules, and dangerous in the bargain.
"Dick Hamilton's Cadet Days" by Howard R. Garis
Fatal infractions often occurred, the outcome of quarrels started over the gaming-table or the wine-cup.
"The Story of Malta" by Maturin M. Ballou
These were a source of terror to all alike, for under the nature of the discipline there were no immunes in view of certain infractions.
"Makers and Romance of Alabama History" by B. F. Riley

In news:

NASCAR levies big fines for Daytona infraction .
When the NCAA investigated, it turned up five major infractions — one of which was later downgraded to a secondary violation.
Corpus Christi ISD architects' infraction was no small matter.
Dillon's victory Friday clouded by infraction .
He was also ticketed for several traffic infractions.
And what's the penalty for such an infraction.
Pharmacy Board lenient on infractions.
People listed as being accused of crimes or infractions are facing preliminary charges and are consider.
Moore's infraction involved a drug of abuse.
On a lighter note, it can also be instructional to hear anecdotes of outrageous safety infractions.
The guidelines for determining an infraction are: one item needs to be over $1 and then overcharged , or two items need to be under $1 and be overcharged .
The other day, one of my daughters, in a snit at having been sent upstairs for some infraction, knocked my Casio CQ-81 combination calculator-alarm clock off my bureau and broke it.
The Atlantic Coast Conference's Infractions and Penalties Committee has issued a public reprimand to the University of North Carolina.
UAF to Suspend 9 Athletic Scholarships in NCAA Infractions Case.
Investigators probing interrogation abuses at the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay have confirmed some infractions alleged in internal FBI e-mails that surfaced late last year.