Definition of encroachment in US English:

encroachment

noun

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

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

/enˈkrōCHmənt//ɛnˈkroʊtʃmənt/