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[in-frak-shuh n] /ɪnˈfræk ʃən/
breach; violation; infringement:
an infraction of the rules.
Medicine/Medical. an incomplete fracture of a bone.
1615-25; < Latin infrāctiōn- (stem of infrāctiō). See infract, -ion
Related forms
noninfraction, noun
Can be confused
infarction, infraction.
1. See breach. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His infractions included conduct unbecoming an officer, using intemperate language and being drunk on duty.
  • Regulators round the world sometimes find it difficult holding businesses to account for their infractions.
  • Drivers are then notified of their infractions via text messages sent to their mobile phones.
  • He was arrested twice before for drinking-related infractions, and he threatened violence against officers on one occasion.
  • It is whether to end one by rewarding the aggressor and simply ignoring his infractions of the truce.
  • Stronger measures could be next for corruption and other more serious infractions.
  • She denied tenure to a faculty member and disciplined students for cheating, plagiarism and other infractions.
  • The legislature established a system of civil infractions.
  • Requires that certain information be printed on appearance tickets for alleged traffic infractions.
Word Origin and History for infractions



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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infractions in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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