1. that cannot be
broken or separated; unbreakable: infrangible moral strength.
2. that cannot be infringed or violated; inviolable: an
[1590–1600; < LL
infrangibilis. See IN-3,
House Webster's Unabridged).
An infrangible bureaucratic hierarchy runs the place. At the bottom are the clerks, furiously active as they fill out the forms and file or transfer them. Over them are the senior clerks, spared by their subordinates' efforts from any such grueling labor. Above these are the deputies, more leisured still; and finally, the registrar himself. He is a grand personage who arrives long after the others, who never touches a file, whose sporadic orders filter down through the ranks and who, to all appearances, does nothing but think and frown.
Rising Out of Dust, a Glimmer of Hope;
The New York Times; Oct 4, 2000
Because of the terrorist
attacks, interest has surged in
frangible ammunition, which is available
from a variety of manufacturers. Frangible ammunition uses pre-fragmented
bullets which shatter into many small pieces upon impact, thus eliminating the
risk that a bullet might over-penetrate its target and hit an innocent
The fruits of hysterical antigun lawsuits;
National Review; March 6, 2002
advocated arming pilots and placing Air Marshals on planes, pointing
out that there is only minimal risk of "frangible bullets"
penetrating the shell of a plane. Even if a bullet did rupture a
wall, the pilot could repressurize the cabin and bring the plane
in for a safe landing, he said.
James A. Swan;
Sheep No More;
The nuts and bolts of defense against
National Review; Sept 22-23, 2001
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