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An illegal intrusion in a highway or navigable river, with or without obstruction. An encroachment upon a street or highway is a fixture, such as a wall or fence, which illegally intrudes into or invades the highway or encloses a portion of it, diminishing its width or area, but without closing it to public travel.
In the law of easements, where the owner of an easement alters the dominant tenement so as to impose an additional restriction or burden on the servient tenement, he or she is said to commit an encroachment.
n. the act of building a structure which is in whole or in part on a neighbor's property. (See: encroach)
encroachmentnoun breach, entrance by stealth, entrance upon the domain of another, illegal intrusion, imposition, incursion, infiltration, infraction, iniuria, inroad, interference, interloping, invasion, irruption, obtrusion, overlap, overstepping, penetration, prying, raid, real estate trespass, transgression, trespass, unlawful invasion, violation, wrongful entry, wrongful ingress
Associated concepts: adverse possession, common nuissance, easements, public nuissance
See also: assumption, contempt, crime, imposition, incursion, infraction, injustice, intrusion, invasion, offense, transgression, violation
encroachmentunlawful interference on another's land or with their rights.
ENCROACHMENT. An unlawful gaining upon the right or possession of another; as, when a man sets his fence beyond his line; in this case the proper remedy for the party injured is an action of ejectment, or an action of trespass.