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[en-krohch-muh nt] /ɛnˈkroʊtʃ mənt/
an act or instance of encroaching.
anything taken by encroaching.
Origin of encroachment
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English encrochement < Anglo-French. See encroach, -ment
Related forms
nonencroachment, noun Unabridged
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  • Technical encroachment on our lives is fashionable to worry about.
  • Sceptics reply that evidence of encroachment abounds.
  • Shrinking habitat, increased drought, and human encroachment are putting their future in jeopardy.
  • Results, however, could speak to the effects of human encroachment on animal habitats.
  • The other is that tech encroachment on our lives is fashionable to worry about.
  • The past few years have seen an upsurge of peasant protests, many of them about the rapid encroachment of cities into rural land.
  • People sometimes hunt these tiny lizards for food, and human encroachment is destroying some of its habitat.
  • Another such case is excessive encroachment on wilderness areas.
  • Signs of this encroachment appear all around the world.
  • The main threats to their survival in the wild include poaching and habitat encroachment by humans.
Word Origin and History for encroachment

1520s, from encroach + -ment. In Anglo-French from mid-15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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