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Definition of encroachment:

  1. An unlawful diminution of the possessions of another.
  2. That which is taken by encroaching on another.
  3. The act of entering gradually or silently upon the rights or possessions of another; unlawful intrusion.

Synonyms:

impaction, incursion, intrusion, misdemeanor, irreverence, onset, assault, rape, ravishment, usurpation, obtrusion, shock, infringement, trespass, wallop, misdemeanour, enter, infraction, impact, invasion, violation, inroad, entrenchment, impingement, aggression, onslaught, attack.

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