a) An entry into a place or area that was previously uncommon; an advance beyond former borders; intrusion; incursion.
b) An intrusion upon anothers possessions or rights; infringement.
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  • encroachment — An illegal intrusion in a highway or navigable river, with or without obstruction. Hartford Elec. Light Co. v. Water Resources Commission, 162 Conn. 89, 291 A.2d 721, 730. An encroachment upon a street or highway is a fixture, such as a wall or… …   Black's law dictionary

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