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effraction

[ih-frak-shuh n]
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noun Law.
  1. 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
Related formsef·frac·tor, noun
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