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Violation or infringement; breach of a statute, contract, or obligation.

The term infraction is frequently used in reference to the violation of a particular statute for which the penalty is minor, such as a parking infraction.


noun breach, breach of faith, breach of law, breach of orders, breach of privilege, breach of prommse, breach of the peace, breach of trust, breaking, crime, default, defiance, defiance of orders, encroachment, evasion of duty, failure, failure of duty, infringement, inobservance, nonobservance, nonobservance of rules, offense, omission, overstepping, refusal to obey, transgression, trespass, violation, violation of law, violation of orrers, wrong
Associated concepts: infraction of rules, infraction of the law, traffic infraction
See also: bad faith, breach, delinquency, disregard, encroachment, illegality, infringement, invasion, misconduct, misdeed, offense, omission, perversion, sedition, transgression, violation, wrong

INFRACTION. The breach of a law or agreement; the violation of a compact. In the French law this is the generic expression to designate all actions which are punishable by the code of France.

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Maynard, truck failing to display owner's name, not responsible; unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, civil infraction, responsible, decriminalized, $100 fine.
2, Marlboro, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, amended to a civil infraction, responsible, $100 fine; miscellaneous motor vehicle equipment violation, responsible, $35 fine; failure to keep right on a hill/obstructed view, not responsible.
marked lanes violation, responsible, filed; unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, amended to civil infraction, responsible, $300 fine; use of a motor vehicle without authority, dismissed upon payment of $100 in court costs; failure to stop for police, dismissed upon payment of $100 in court costs.

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