AskDefine | Define encroachment

Dictionary Definition



1 any entry into an area not previously occupied; "an invasion of tourists"; "an invasion of locusts" [syn: invasion, intrusion]
2 entry to another's property without right or permission [syn: trespass, violation, intrusion, usurpation]
3 influencing strongly; "they resented the impingement of American values on European culture" [syn: impingement, impact]

User Contributed Dictionary



encroachment (plural: encroachments)
  1. An entry into a place or area that was previously uncommon; an advance beyond former borders; intrusion; incursion.
  2. An intrusion upon another's possessions or rights; infringement.
  3. That which is gained by such unlawful intrusion.
  4. An unlawful diminution of the possessions of another.

Related terms


entry into a place or area that was previously uncommon
intrusion upon another's possessions or rights
that which is gained by such intrusion
an unlawful diminution

Extensive Definition

Encroachment is a term which implies "advance beyond proper limits", and may have different interpretations depending on the context. Encroachment may refer to one of the following:

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