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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (3)

1. any entry into an area not previously occupied;
- Example: "an invasion of tourists"
- Example: "an invasion of locusts"
[syn: invasion, encroachment, intrusion]

2. entry to another's property without right or permission;
[syn: trespass, encroachment, violation, intrusion, usurpation]

3. influencing strongly;
- Example: "they resented the impingement of American values on European culture"
[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. [1913 Webster] An unconstitutional encroachment of military power on the civil establishment. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is taken by encroaching on another. [1913 Webster] 3. (Law) An unlawful diminution of the possessions of another. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

encroachment 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, usurpation] 3: influencing strongly; "they resented the impingement of American values on European culture" [syn: impingement, encroachment, impact]
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 trespass.