- to commit a breach or infraction of; violate or transgress: to infringe a copyright; to infringe a rule.
- to encroach or trespass (usually followed by on or upon): Don't infringe on his privacy.
Origin of infringe
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1. break, disobey. 2. poach. See trespass.
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Examples from the Web for infringe
The election is on Tuesday and Freeman is rightfully concerned that his political views might infringe upon her chances.Awkward: This Democratic Judicial Candidate's Husband Is a White Supremacist
August 11, 2014
New York, Maryland, and Connecticut have passed reforms that do not infringe upon the right to bear arms.Pro-Gun Absolutism: The Gun Lobby’s Push to Privatize Law and Order
April 9, 2013
Because this pragmatic nationalism should not at all infringe on their rights to live in safety and dignity.Let Their People Come
September 5, 2012
Is it ethical to step outside the law for the greater good, or to infringe civil liberties as a means to an end?What ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Says About Killing and Gun Control
July 24, 2012
Or have we made it easier for governments to infringe on civil liberties, as the left argues?How the Press Covers Torture
July 6, 2010
His answere was negative, that he would not infringe any parte of his Patente.Colonial Records of Virginia
You could not infringe in May a law promulgated in October following.
Beware of making any distinctions which may infringe equality.War and Peace
To do so would be to infringe the only rigid rule in his household.The Crack of Doom
To infringe is to break in upon; to trespass on another's rights.Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
- (tr) to violate or break (a law, an agreement, etc)
- (intr; foll by on or upon) to encroach or trespass
C16: from Latin infringere to break off, from frangere to break
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Word Origin and History for infringe
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