Definition of encroachment in English:

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Pronunciation: /enˈkrōCHmənt/


1Intrusion on a person’s territory, rights, etc. minor encroachments on our individual liberties
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  • He struggled unsuccessfully to protect individual liberty from the encroachments of the military authorities.
  • Foreign intervention in Indonesia's internal affairs is equivalent to encroachment on sovereignty.
  • Sylvestre, who claims the building overlaps onto his property by about two feet, laments the encroachment.
1.1A gradual advance beyond usual or acceptable limits: urban encroachment of habitat
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  • The results were derived from a 3.5 year observational study of median encroachments.
  • The pattern of tree encroachment was very different from the gradual encroachment identified in Transect B.
  • The paddy fields in Kerala have to be protected from human encroachment.
2 American Football A penalty in which a defensive player is positioned in the neutral zone at the start of a play.
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  • 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 on, trespass on, invasion of, infiltration of, incursion into, appropriation of;
infringement of, impingement on

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Syllabification: en·croach·ment

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