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Meaning of Encroachment

The unauthorized extending of the bundaries of one's land into that of another. To gain unlawfully the lands, property or authority of another by a gradual or partial assumption of right . Miami corporation v state , 173 So. 315, 186 La. 784; to intrude unlawfully upon thè right of possession of another. State v Scott, 132 A. 685, 82 N.H. 278. The term denotes the absence of any right of possession on the part of the intruder . Bier v Walbaum, 131 A. 888, 108 N.J. Law 368.

Encroachment Alternative Definition

An unlawful extension of one's right upon the lands of another. An alteration by the owner of an easement of the dominant tenement, so as to impose an additional burden on the servient tenement. Gale, Easm. 615.

Synonyms of Encroachment


  • breach
  • entrance by stealth
  • entrance upon the domain of another
  • illegal intrusion
  • impingement
  • imposition
  • incursion
  • infiltration
  • infraction
  • infringement
  • iniuria
  • inroad
  • interference
  • interloping
  • intrusion
  • 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

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Encroachment in the United States

Encroachment in Connecticut

Where trees are located on the property of one party and their roots or branches extend onto the property of a second party, the latter may lop off the branches or roots up to the line of his land (more in the U.S.). Robinson v. Clapp, 65 Connecticut (provision) 365, 377, 32 A. 939 [later appealed 67 Connecticut (provision) 538, 35 A. 504(1896)]. We find nothing in the zoning regulations abrogating this right. This does not mean, of course, that complete disregard for the welfare of the trees is permitted. McCrann v. Town Plan & Zoning Commission, 161 Connecticut (provision) 65, 75, 282 A.2d 900 (1971).

English Legal System: Encroachment

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Encroachment :

The act of extending one's own rights at the expense of others, particularly by taking in adjoining land to make it appear part of one's ow If the encroachment is acquiesced in for 12 years, the land taken is considered to be annexed to the land of the person who made the encroachment.

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  • Article Name: Encroachment
  • Author: Asian Law
  • Description: The unauthorized extending of the bundaries of one's land into that of another. To gain unlawfully the lands, property [...]

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