- 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 infringed
You said that shutting down a newspaper is not the right way to warn those who may have infringed on the law.Iran Journalists to Rouhani: Stop Lying!
October 3, 2014
My goal is to make the case for open carry without resorting to the usual “shall not be infringed” rhetoric.A Gun Owner Speaks: My Case for Open Carry
June 12, 2014
Also, there is nothing at all special about "shall not be infringed."Pol Pot and Me (and Guns)
May 8, 2013
But where would our liberties be infringed if we resumed the assault-weapons ban that ended in 2004?Gun-Control Foes Misunderstand the Intent of the Second Amendment
December 18, 2012
So if the law of blasphemy had extended to Islam, The Satanic Verses would not have infringed it.How I Hid Salman Rushdie During the Fatwa
February 9, 2009
Was it merely that I had infringed some law in carrying off Seraphina?Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
We have our rules and regulations for the game, which must not be infringed.Diary of a Pilgrimage
Jerome K. Jerome
He also infringed the iniquitous orders of the thirty tyrants of Athens.Christianity and Greek Philosophy
Benjamin Franklin Cocker
Its marvels are its own; the patents cannot be infringed; imitations are not possible.Following the Equator, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
It was denied that the privileges of the house would be infringed by the measure.The Life of George Washington, Vol. 4 (of 5)
- (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 infringed
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