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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: infringere, from frangere 'to break'

infringe

verb
     
in‧fringe [transitive]
to do something that is against a law or someone's legal rights:
A backup copy of a computer program does not infringe copyright.
infringement noun [uncountable and countable]
the infringement of human rights

infringe on/upon something

phrasal verb
to limit someone's freedom in some way:
Some students argued that the rule infringed on their right to free speech.

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