Definition of encroachment in English:

encroachment

noun

  • 1Intrusion on a person's territory, rights, etc.

    ‘minor encroachments on our individual liberties’
    • ‘Khan Krum's laws protected property against encroachment by thieves and made slander and drinking severely punishable.’
    • ‘What the chief's proposals actually are is an encroachment of democratic rights.’
    • ‘He struggled unsuccessfully to protect individual liberty from the encroachments of the military authorities.’
    • ‘The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal.’
    • ‘Sylvestre, who claims the building overlaps onto his property by about two feet, laments the encroachment.’
    • ‘Further encroachments on civil liberties have been proposed and may yet pass, from a national ID card to legalized torture.’
    • ‘The idea of the encroachment of consumer life on the interior of the soul is an interesting one.’
    • ‘But at the same time we cannot stand idle against any encroachment upon our legitimate sovereign rights.’
    • ‘This lifestyle was increasingly interrupted by governmental encroachment during the postcolonial era.’
    • ‘Our freedoms have been under bi-partisan encroachment for years with little citizen resistance.’
    • ‘Foreign intervention in Indonesia's internal affairs is equivalent to encroachment on sovereignty.’
    • ‘The self is immune to the encroachments of anything that can objectively be said about it.’
    • ‘It seems to me wrong to regard physical chastisement as being inevitably the most damaging encroachment on the rights of the individual child.’
    • ‘In such a situation, severe encroachments on bourgeois property would be inevitable.’
    • ‘Administrators want to establish reasonable operating procedures without being challenged by claims of encroachment of academic freedom.’
    • ‘The tour was meant to familiarise the extent of encroachment and type of encroachment by the squatters.’
    • ‘Kekionga was a Native American village over which a bloody battle related to white encroachment was fought.’
    intrusion into, trespass on, invasion of, infiltration of, incursion into, obtrusion into, overrunning of, usurping of, appropriation of
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    1. 1.1 A gradual advance beyond usual or acceptable limits.
      ‘urban encroachment of habitat’
      • ‘There is nothing wrong with employing a brigade to conduct a raid or as the assault element of a major encroachment.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘Since the 16th century, the people of Peru have fought to retain their cultural identity despite Western encroachment.’
      • ‘They seem to have no answer for sustained habitat loss due to human encroachment.’
      • ‘Far from harming the city, encroachment on the green belt will harm the surrounding villages.’
      • ‘Due to encroachments, the birds are losing their habitat.’
      • ‘Transect D had a gradual tree encroachment pattern similar to Transect B.’
      • ‘We have also to ensure that seawater is not able to make encroachments on the land.’
      • ‘The results were derived from a 3.5 year observational study of median encroachments.’
      • ‘Camps once built in remote rural environments are now squeezed by the encroachment of suburban sprawl.’
      • ‘Heritage advice prevented any encroachment beyond the original railway station alignment.’
      • ‘The pattern of tree encroachment was very different from the gradual encroachment identified in Transect B.’
      • ‘Improvement in amenities without encroachment on the Green Belt is the general aim.’
      • ‘There is clearly an encroachment into the tourist potential of Warrenpoint.’
      • ‘The paddy fields in Kerala have to be protected from human encroachment.’
      • ‘The aim is not to abolish state power, but to prevent its encroachment upon those matters which are best left to civil society.’
  • 2American Football
    A penalty in which a defensive player is positioned in the neutral zone at the start of a play.

    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

encroachment

/ɛnˈkroʊtʃmənt//enˈkrōCHmənt/