An encroachment is something that intrudes and has the power to influence whatever it encounters. Some might consider text messaging to be an encroachment of impersonal technology on true, heartfelt interactions.

Encroachment carries the sense of something slowly creeping into something else’s space, either literally or figuratively. An encroachment can be of the physical variety, such as the encroachment of new development into a beautiful coastal area. Encroachment typically has a slightly a negative meaning, hinting at something that intrudes on something and then spoils it in some way.

Definitions of encroachment
  1. noun

    any entry into an area not previously occupied

    intrusion, invasion
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    type of:

    entering, entrance

    a movement into or inward

  2. noun

    entry to another’s property without right or permission

    intrusion, trespass, usurpation, violation
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    an encroachment or intrusion
    type of:

    actus reus, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct

    activity that transgresses moral or civil law

  3. noun

    the act or state of having strong influence

    impact, impingement
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    causing something without any direct or apparent effort

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