infringe

[in-frinj]
verb (used with object), infringed, infringing.
1.
to commit a breach or infraction of; violate or transgress: to infringe a copyright; to infringe a rule.
verb (used without object), infringed, infringing.
2.
to encroach or trespass (usually followed by on or upon ): Don't infringe on his privacy.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin infringere to break, weaken, equivalent to in- in-2 + -fringere, combining form of frangere to break

infringer, noun
uninfringed, adjective

infringe, impinge.


1. break, disobey. 2. poach. See trespass.
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infringe (ɪnˈfrɪndʒ)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to violate or break (a law, an agreement, etc)
2.  (intr; foll by on or upon) to encroach or trespass
 
[C16: from Latin infringere to break off, from frangere to break]
 
in'fringement
 
n
 
in'fringer
 
n

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infringe
mid-15c., from L. infringere "to damage, break off," from in- "in" + frangere "to break" (see fraction). Meaning of "encroach" first recorded c.1760.
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Example sentences
It is never a good idea when you allow the government to infringe on your
  rights.
But you've said aspects of the war on terrorism infringe on civil liberties.
Don't infringe upon my right to purchase a game for entertainment because you
  are afraid of the impact it will have on minors.
If people are against the infringements of civil rights they infringe anyway.
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