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effraction

[ ih-frak-shuhn ]
/ ɪˈfræk ʃən /
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noun Law.
a breaking into a house, store, etc., by force; forcible entry.
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Origin of effraction

1830–40; <French: literally, a breaking open <Latin ef-ef- + frāctiōn-fraction

OTHER WORDS FROM effraction

ef·frac·tor, noun
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How to use effraction in a sentence

  • The emergence takes place without any violent effraction, without any ragged rents.

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