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Definition: Encroachment

What is the dictionary definition of Encroachment?

Dictionary Definition

n. the act of building a structure which is in whole or in part on a neighbor’s property.

  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.

Full Definition of Encroachment

The building of a structure entirely or partly on a neighbour’s property. Encroachment may occur due to faulty surveying or sheer obstreperousness on the part of the builder. Solutions range from paying the rightful property owner for the use of the property to the court-ordered removal of the structure.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Encroachment are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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