[syn: impingement, encroachment, impact]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: any entry into an area not previously occupied; "an
invasion of tourists"; "an invasion of locusts" [syn:
invasion, encroachment, intrusion]
2: entry to another's property without right or permission [syn:
trespass, encroachment, violation, intrusion,
3: influencing strongly; "they resented the impingement of
American values on European culture" [syn: impingement,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
35 Moby Thesaurus words for "encroachment":
adoption, appropriation, arrogation, assumption, entrance,
entrenchment, impingement, imposition, incursion, infiltration,
influx, infraction, infringement, injection, inroad, insinuation,
interference, interjection, interloping, interposition,
interposure, interruption, intervention, intrusion, invasion,
irruption, obtrusion, overstepping, playing God, seizure,
transgression, trespass, trespassing, unlawful entry, usurpation
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
ENCROACHMENT. An unlawful gaining upon the right or possession of another;
as, when a man sets his fence beyond his line; in this case the proper
remedy for the party injured is an action of ejectment, or an action of