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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Encroachment  \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 
  another. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  encroachment 
  n  1:  any  entry  into  an  area  not  previously  occupied;  "an  invasion 
  of  tourists";  "an  invasion  of  locusts";  "a  viral 
  invasion"  [syn:  {invasion},  {intrusion}] 
  2:  entry  to  another's  property  without  right  or  permission 
  [syn:  {trespass},  {violation},  {intrusion}] 
  3:  influencing  strongly:  "they  resented  the  impingement  of 
  American  values  on  European  culture"  [syn:  {impingement}, 
  {impact}] 




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