Crossword clues for encroachment
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Encroachment \En*croach"ment\, n.
The act of entering gradually or silently upon the rights or possessions of another; unlawful intrusion.
An unconstitutional encroachment of military power on the civil establishment.
That which is taken by encroaching on another.
(Law) An unlawful diminution of the possessions of another.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
mid-15c., "obtruding structure," from encroach + -ment, or an equivalent Old French compound.
n. 1 An entry into a place or area that was previously uncommon; an advance beyond former borders; intrusion; incursion. 2 An intrusion upon another's possessions or rights; infringement. 3 That which is gained by such unlawful intrusion. 4 (context legal English) An unlawful diminution of the possessions of another.
Encroachment is a term which implies "advance beyond proper limits," and may have different interpretations depending on the context. Encroachment may refer to one of the following:
- Temporal encroachment
- Structural encroachment
- Encroachment (American football), a penalty in American and Canadian football
In gridiron football, encroachment refers to when before the snap, a defensive player illegally crosses the line of scrimmage and makes contact with an opponent or has a clear path to the quarterback. In high school, this includes any crossing of the neutral zone by the defense, whether contact is made or not. It is a violation of the game's code. It is similar to offside except when it occurs, the play is not allowed to begin. Like offside violations, the violating team is penalized 5 yards.
Usage examples of "encroachment".
Paris after the destruction of the Bastile, a step which she had always regarded as the forerunner and cause of some of the most irremediable encroachments of the Revolutionists.
All which circumstances appear to bespeak an original and fundamental difference of tenure from that of the feodal system, and are, I presume, to be considered, not as encroachments that have gradually grown upon that system, but as being of a more liberal extraction and much greater antiquity.
This aura is visible as a light to earthbound spirits in their condition of darkness, and they may become attracted to persons peculiarly susceptible to their encroachment.
Gesto file was even remotely tied to the Waits case, then he would jealously guard his position from RHD encroachment.
In this manner the good-natured courtier prevented me from promising to give a ball myself, and relieved me of my foolish boast, which I should have been wrong in carrying out, as it would have been an encroachment on his privilege as ambassador of entertaining these distinguished strangers during the five or six days they might stay at Soleure.
Kithorn and down by the Cataracts where Rathillien is most itself and least susceptible to any encroachment.
Lincoln is neither a modest nor a humble man, stoutly resists any encroachments on his authority from any quarter.
That reminded Lincoln of his arguments with Senator John Breckinridge over encroachments on individual liberty that were required by national security.
Governors-General have yielded the proper power of the United States to encroachment by native legislators will make the course expected of the present Executive the more arduous.
The decrees of this Council covered a range as wide as the measures adopted for dredging the channels of the lake and preventing the encroachment of water weed, to the choice of messengers to be sent to the Gods Baal and Astarte.
Monsieur le Duc de Montmorency is receiving reenforcements from Spain, and that he intends to uphold the standard of Monsieur and the rights of the province against the encroachments of His Eminence the Cardinal.
Little Becky her own encroachment would not be detected until too long after the event for any blame to fall.
Other capital Richard had at his command, but already he was growing chary of encroachments upon principal.
The Chisholm Cattle Trail, which ran from Red River to the Kansas line, had almost fallen into disuse, owing to encroachments of settlements south of the former and westward on the latter.
Besides, Germany sees itself as the one and only counterbalance to Russian encroachments in the Balkans.