Definition of encroachment in English:

encroachment

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Intrusion on a person's territory, rights, etc.:

    ‘minor encroachments on our individual liberties’
    • ‘His 30-yard free kick flew over the bar but the referee ordered the kick to be retaken for encroachment and moved the ball 10 yards forward.’
    intrusion into, trespass on, invasion of, infiltration of, incursion into, obtrusion into, overrunning of, usurping of, appropriation of
    infringement of, impingement on, impinging on
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    1. 1.1 A gradual advance beyond usual or acceptable limits:
      ‘urban encroachment of habitat’
      • ‘The paddy fields in Kerala have to be protected from human encroachment.’
      • ‘The encroachment of government into private industry should be commensurately less.’
      • ‘However, officials say this is a simple case of encroachment of the tank's water spread area and the tank bed.’
      • ‘There is a constant struggle to win back the Garden from the erosions of time and the encroachments of the forest primeval.’
      • ‘Improvement in amenities without encroachment on the Green Belt is the general aim.’
      • ‘Heritage advice prevented any encroachment beyond the original railway station alignment.’
      • ‘The aim is not to abolish state power, but to prevent its encroachment upon those matters which are best left to civil society.’
      • ‘They seem to have no answer for sustained habitat loss due to human encroachment.’
      • ‘There is clearly an encroachment into the tourist potential of Warrenpoint.’
      • ‘Transect D had a gradual tree encroachment pattern similar to Transect B.’
      • ‘Since the 16th century, the people of Peru have fought to retain their cultural identity despite Western encroachment.’
      • ‘We have also to ensure that seawater is not able to make encroachments on the land.’
      • ‘There is nothing wrong with employing a brigade to conduct a raid or as the assault element of a major encroachment.’
      • ‘Camps once built in remote rural environments are now squeezed by the encroachment of suburban sprawl.’
      • ‘But for now the Kumbh is big enough, and the devotion intense enough, to absorb the encroachment of business.’
      • ‘The developers also plan to prohibit further land encroachment along the banks of the canal.’
      • ‘The pattern of tree encroachment was very different from the gradual encroachment identified in Transect B.’
      • ‘The results were derived from a 3.5 year observational study of median encroachments.’
      • ‘Far from harming the city, encroachment on the green belt will harm the surrounding villages.’
      • ‘Due to encroachments, the birds are losing their habitat.’

Pronunciation:

encroachment

/ɛŋˈkrəʊtʃm(ə)nt/