Definition of encroachment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    encroachment

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈkrəʊtʃmənt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkroʊtʃmənt//
     
    (formal)
     
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the act of slowly affecting or using up too much of somebody's time, rights, personal life, etc. the deadening encroachment of political correctness encroachment on/upon something the regime’s many encroachments on human rights
  2. 2[uncountable] the act of slowly covering more and more of an area It is increasingly difficult to shield farmland from urban encroachment.