nuisance

[noo-suhns, nyoo-]
noun
1.
an obnoxious or annoying person, thing, condition, practice, etc.: a monthly meeting that was more nuisance than pleasure.
2.
Law. something offensive or annoying to individuals or to the community, especially in violation of their legal rights.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English nu(i)sa(u)nce < Anglo-French, equivalent to nuis(er) to harm (≪ Latin nocēre) + -ance -ance

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nuisance (ˈnjuːsəns)
 
n
1.  a.  a person or thing that causes annoyance or bother
 b.  (as modifier): nuisance calls
2.  law something unauthorized that is obnoxious or injurious to the community at large (public nuisance) or to an individual, esp in relation to his ownership or occupation of property (private nuisance)
3.  nuisance value the usefulness of a person's or thing's capacity to cause difficulties or irritation
 
[C15: via Old French from nuire to injure, from Latin nocēre]

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nuisance
c.1410, "injury, hurt, harm," from Anglo-Fr. nusaunce, from O.Fr. nuisance, from pp. stem of nuire "to harm," from L. nocere "to hurt" (see noxious). Sense has softened over time, to "anything obnoxious to a community" (bad smells, pests, eyesores), 1661, then "source of
annoyance, something personally disagreeable" (1831). Applied to persons from 1695.
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Example sentences
So far, the ash has been nothing but a nuisance, but people have a low threshold for nuisances on the whole.
These difficulties could well be simple temporary nuisances while the new system is implemented.
And the stumps that remain are often viewed as nuisances, chewing up property and stubbornly difficult to remove.
Prolonged nuisances may subject dog owners to fines or other legal action.
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