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Noun: encroachment  en'krowch-munt or in'krowch-munt
  1. Any entry into an area not previously occupied
    "an encroachment of tourists";
    - invasion, intrusion
  2. Entry to another's property without right or permission
    - trespass, violation, intrusion, usurpation
  3. Influencing strongly
    "they resented the encroachment of American values on European culture";
    - impingement, impact

Derived forms: encroachments

Type of: actus reus, entering, entrance, influence, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct

Encyclopedia: Encroachment