trespass

To trespass is to illegally enter someone's property or overstep your bounds in another way.

Have you ever seen a "No trespassing" sign? If so, you probably know it means "Keep out" and that trespassing is to go somewhere unlawfully. If you break into a store that's closed or enter a stranger's yard, you're trespassing and could be arrested. Also, trespassing refer to other types of stepping over boundaries. If you lie to a friend, that's a type of trespassing. Taking advantage of someone is trespassing. Both kinds of trespassing are violations.

Definitions of trespass
  1. verb
    enter unlawfully on someone's property
    “Don't trespass on my land!”
    synonyms: intrude
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    types:
    break, break in
    enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
    crack
    gain unauthorized access computers with malicious intentions
    type of:
    breach, break, go against, infract, offend, transgress, violate
    act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
  2. verb
    pass beyond (limits or boundaries)
    synonyms: overstep, transgress
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    go across, go through, pass
    go across or through
  3. verb
    make excessive use of
    “She is trespassing upon my privacy”
    synonyms: take advantage
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    types:
    encroach, entrench, impinge, trench
    impinge or infringe upon
    type of:
    use
    seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage
  4. verb
    break the law
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    type of:
    breach, break, go against, infract, offend, transgress, violate
    act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
  5. noun
    entry to another's property without right or permission
    synonyms: encroachment, intrusion, usurpation, violation
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    types:
    inroad
    an encroachment or intrusion
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    actus reus, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct
    activity that transgresses moral or civil law
  6. noun
    a wrongful interference with the possession of property (personal property as well as realty), or the action instituted to recover damages
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    continuing trespass
    trespass that is not transient or intermittent but continues as long as the offending object remains
    trespass de bonis asportatis
    an action brought to recover damages from a person who has taken goods or property from its rightful owner
    trespass on the case
    an action brought to recover damages from a person whose actions have resulted indirectly in injury or loss
    trespass quare clausum fregit
    the defendant unlawfully enters the land of the plaintiff
    trespass viet armis
    trespass with force and arms resulting in injury to another's person or property
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    civil wrong, tort
    (law) any wrongdoing for which an action for damages may be brought
  7. verb
    commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law
    synonyms: sin, transgress
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    types:
    fall
    yield to temptation or sin
    type of:
    breach, break, go against, infract, offend, transgress, violate
    act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
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