verb (used with object)

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

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

Examples from the Web for infracted

Historical Examples of infracted

  • There was a retributive justice for all those who infracted the rules of the game.

    'Firebrand' Trevison

    Charles Alden Seltzer

  • The infracted ends occasionally may be seen held insecurely by a delicate band of periosteum.

    Scurvy Past and Present

    Alfred Fabian Hess

British Dictionary definitions for infracted



(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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