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Syllabification: nui·sance
Pronunciation: /ˈn(y)o͞osəns

Definition of nuisance in English:


1A person, thing, or circumstance causing inconvenience or annoyance: an unreasonable landlord could become a nuisance I hope you’re not going to make a nuisance of yourself
More example sentences
  • If the newcomers wanted to make a go of it here and did not make a nuisance of themselves, they could be Australians.
  • They don't want to go along to annual general meetings and make a nuisance of themselves.
  • In return, they don't secede or otherwise make a nuisance of themselves.
pest, plague, thorn in one's side/flesh
1.1 (also private nuisance) Law An unlawful interference with the use and enjoyment of a person’s land.
Example sentences
  • The tort of nuisance is concerned with unlawful interference with the use or enjoyment of land.
  • A second exception to the rule is where there is a continuing injury, such as a continuing nuisance or trespass to land.
  • But he does not have a cause of action in nuisance for his personal injury, nor for interference with his personal enjoyment.
1.2 Law see public nuisance.


late Middle English (in the sense 'injury, hurt'): from Old French, 'hurt', from the verb nuire, from Latin nocere 'to harm'.

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