encroachment encroachment  /ɛn ˈkroʊtʃ mənt/


  1. (n) entry to another's property without right or permission
  2. (n) influencing strongly
  3. (n) any entry into an area not previously occupied


  1. Azzam, a Palestinian, was the most prominent advocate of a jihad to save the Muslim lands from infidel encroachment.
  2. While some protest indignantly at the latest encroachment on their space to light up, others welcome the elimination of clouds of smoke outside classrooms.
  3. There she studied and befriended the rare mountain gorillas, fiercely defending the huge, gentle creatures against the encroachment of poachers.


  1. The Dirty Secrets of Washington Elites

    President Obama calls his vast domestic spying operation a "modest encroachment on privacy."
    on June 10, 2013     Source: National Journal via Yahoo! News

  2. Obama defends NSA surveillance: 'Nobody is listening to your phonecalls'

    President Obama has called NSA surveillance a "modest encroachment" on privacy.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: ZDNet

  3. Obama defends surveillance effort as 'trade-off' for security

    By Matt Spetalnick and Steve Holland SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday staunchly defended the sweeping U.S. government surveillance of Americans' phone and internet activity, calling it a "modest encroachment" on privacy that was necessary to defend the United States from attack. "Nobody is listening to your telephone calls. That's not what this program is about ...
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. "Banking secrecy shall be guaranteed in the future," Merz said, defiantly rejecting foreign criticism of how Swiss banks work. "Protecting the private sphere against unjustified government encroachment is deeply rooted."
    on Mar 6, 2009 By: Hans-Rudolf Merz Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. James Madison said, "I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the rights of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."
    on Jan 31, 2007 By: James Madison Source: OpEdNews

  3. On his final day as a justice, John Paul Stevens said he continued to believe the 2nd Amendment was "adopted to protect the states from federal encroachment," not to undercut their gun laws.
    on Jun 29, 2010 By: John Paul Stevens Source: Los Angeles Times

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