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Definition of "encroachment" []

  • The act or an instance of encroaching. (noun)
  • Football A violation of the rules in which a player enters the neutral zone and makes contact with an opponent prior to the snap of the ball. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "encroachment" in a sentence
  • "And those forces undergird Russia's intent to halt NATO's eastward enlargement, particularly to Georgia and Ukraine; to retain its Black Sea Fleet headquarters in the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol beyond the 2017 expiration of its leasehold; to discourage NATO from planning and exercising the defense of the post Cold War NATO allies; to challenge American cooperation with those allies; and eventually to roll back what it characterizes as encroachment from the west."
  • "And by the way, I think that encroachment is a more useful legal concept than “harm”."
  • "If the government uses the tax money to further infringe on your freedom, that additional encroachment is covered under a different metric."