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encroachment

[en-krohch-muh nt] /ɛnˈkroʊtʃ mənt/
noun
1.
an act or instance of encroaching.
2.
anything taken by encroaching.
Origin of encroachment
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English encrochement < Anglo-French. See encroach, -ment
Related forms
nonencroachment, noun
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n.

1520s, from encroach + -ment. In Anglo-French from mid-15c.

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