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encroachment

[en-krohch-muh nt] /ɛnˈkroʊtʃ mənt/
noun
1.
an act or instance of encroaching.
2.
anything taken by encroaching.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English encrochement < Anglo-French. See encroach, -ment
Related forms
nonencroachment, noun
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  • Each of these environmental encroachments affects the survival and behavior of local wildlife.
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  • Participate in the statewide encroachments permitting process by reviewing the accompanying drainage designs and ramifications.
Word Origin and History for encroachments

encroachment

n.

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

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