encroachment

An encroachment is something that intrudes and has the power to influence whatever it encounters. Some might consider text messaging to be an encroachment of impersonal technology on true, heartfelt interactions.

Encroachment carries the sense of something slowly creeping into something else's space, either literally or figuratively. An encroachment can be of the physical variety, such as the encroachment of new development into a beautiful coastal area. Encroachment typically has a slightly a negative meaning, hinting at something that intrudes on something and then spoils it in some way.

Primary Meanings of encroachment

1.
n
any entry into an area not previously occupied
2.
n
the act or state of having strong influence
Full Definitions of encroachment
1

n any entry into an area not previously occupied

Synonyms:
intrusion, invasion
Type of:
entering, entrance
a movement into or inward

n entry to another's property without right or permission

Synonyms:
intrusion, trespass, usurpation, violation
Types:
inroad
an encroachment or intrusion
Type of:
actus reus, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct
activity that transgresses moral or civil law
2

n the act or state of having strong influence

Synonyms:
impact, impingement
Type of:
influence
causing something without any direct or apparent effort

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