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infringement

[in-frinj-muh nt] /ɪnˈfrɪndʒ mənt/
noun
1.
a breach or infraction, as of a law, right, or obligation; violation; transgression.
2.
an act of infringing.
Origin of infringement
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; infringe + -ment
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  • He could not resist the infringement of this rule, however, and continued his experiments.

  • Newbold sued Peacock for infringement and recovered damages.

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
  • The least infringement of the factory rules was punished to the limit by a system of fines.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • It would be an infringement of the sacredness of his expiatory vow.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • This infringement of the rules drove the Vicar to exasperation.

    The Third Miss Symons Flora Macdonald Mayor
  • Carrie felt this question to be an infringement on her liberty.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
Word Origin and History for infringement
n.

1590s, from infringe + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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