verb (used with object)

to break, violate, or infringe (a law, commitment, etc.).

Nearby words

  1. infrabulge,
  2. infraclass,
  3. infraclavicular fossa,
  4. infraclusion,
  5. infracostal,
  6. infraction,
  7. infradentale,
  8. infradian,
  9. infrahuman,
  10. infralapsarian

Origin of infract

1790–1800; < Latin infrāctus past participle of infringere to break, bend, weaken (see infringe), equivalent to in- in-2 + frag- (variant stem of frangere to break; see frangible) + -tus past participle suffix

Related formsin·frac·tor, nounun·in·fract·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for infract



(tr) to violate or break (a law, an agreement, etc)
Derived Formsinfraction, nouninfractor, noun

Word Origin for infract

C18: from Latin infractus broken off, from infringere; see infringe

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