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infraction

[in-frak-shuh n] /ɪnˈfræk ʃən/
noun
1.
breach; violation; infringement:
an infraction of the rules.
2.
Medicine/Medical. an incomplete fracture of a bone.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin infrāctiōn- (stem of infrāctiō). See infract, -ion
Related forms
noninfraction, noun
Can be confused
infarction, infraction.
Synonyms
1. See breach.
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  • One other infraction, however, does lend itself to a somewhat more to factual vetting.
  • Accuse them of some infraction or other on their website, and have them shut down.
  • The police created, in other words, a potential criminal infraction where there should have been no infraction.
  • She came off as unapologetic and defiant, apologizing only belatedly for each infraction.
  • If you are charged with a traffic misdemeanor or infraction, you usually will not be taken into custody.
Word Origin and History for infraction
n.

mid-15c., "the breaking of an agreement," from Middle French infraction and directly from Latin infractionem (nominative infractio) "a breaking, weakening," noun of action from past participle stem of infringere (see infringe).

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infraction in Medicine

infraction in·frac·tion (ĭn-frāk'shən)
n.
A bone fracture, especially one without displacement.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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