Definitions for: Encroachment

[n] influencing strongly; "they resented the impingement of American values on European culture"
[n] entry to another's property without right or permission
[n] any entry into an area not previously occupied; "an invasion of tourists"; "an invasion of locusts"

Webster (1913) Definition: En*croach"ment, n.
1. The act of entering gradually or silently upon the rights
or possessions of another; unlawful intrusion.

An unconstitutional encroachment of military power
on the civil establishment. --Bancroft.

2. That which is taken by encroaching on another.

3. (Law) An unlawful diminution of the possessions of

Synonyms: impact, impingement, intrusion, intrusion, invasion, trespass, usurpation, violation

See Also: actus reus, entering, entrance, influence, inroad, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct

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