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infringe +‎ -ment


  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈfɹɪnd͡ʒmənt/
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  • Hyphenation: in‧fringe‧ment


infringement (countable and uncountable, plural infringements)

  1. A violation or breach, as of a law.
    • 2011 September 18, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 41-10 Georgia”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Georgia, ranked 16th in the world, dominated the breakdown before half-time and forced England into a host of infringements, but fly-half Merab Kvirikashvili missed three penalties.
  2. An encroachment on a right, a person, a territory, or a property.
    • 1960 November, H. P. White, “The evolution of train services on the Southern's Oxted line”, in Trains Illustrated, page 661:
      The pattern of services over these lines today still pays homage to their history, which derived in considerable measure from the L.B.S.C.R.'s efforts to prevent infringement of its monopoly at Brighton and Eastbourne.
    • 2001, David L. Lieber, Jules Harlow, Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary, page 1048:
      As a reward for their [the Levites'] devotion, they were made the guardians of the shrine from infringement.
    • 2008 February 27, Kira Cochrane, “How could it happen again?”, in The Guardian[2]:
      As soon as it was suggested that it was considering the Swedish model – in which men are criminalised for buying sex, but the women working in prostitution are decriminalised – a slew of prominent male columnists started arguing against this infringement on a man's right to purchase a woman's body.


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