Infectious

In*fec"tious

(?), a. [Cf. F. infectieux.]
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1. Having qualities that may infect; communicable or caused by infection; pestilential; epidemic; as, an infectious fever; infectious clothing; infectious water; infectious vices.
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Where the infectious pestilence.
Shak.
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2. Corrupting, or tending to corrupt or contaminate; vitiating; demoralizing.
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It [the court] is necessary for the polishing of manners . . . but it is infectious even to the best morals to live always in it.
Dryden.
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3. (Law) Contaminating with illegality; exposing to seizure and forfeiture.
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Contraband articles are said to be of an infectious nature.
Kent.
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4. Capable of being easily diffused or spread; sympathetic; readily communicated; as, infectious mirth.
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The laughter was so genuine as to be infectious.
W. Black.

Syn. -- See Contagious.
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