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  • adj. Describing something that encroaches.
  • v. Present participle of encroach.

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  • adj. gradually intrusive without right or permission


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  • The fragrant wind encroaching from the woods, bringing its sweet odors, swept the smoke sidewise like an inverted curtain.

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  • To him the idea of encroaching upon the ancestral acres of a von

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  • The idea of AGW could have been demonstrated or denied by using actual temperature measurements from areas that have relatively complete raw data measurements, have few modifiers such as encroaching cities, and all the rest.

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  • And this is one of the real issues that will face the next papacy, and that is, the kind of encroaching secularism of the West.

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  • WEISSKOPF: The impact again, is probably on the margins at this point, there -- the Saudis have more important considerations, including the strong Islamic fundamentalism in their own society, and they're more concerned about that than any kind of encroaching FBI investigation.

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  • I anticipate that one reply would be that such a militia would protect state's rights against an "encroaching" federal government.

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  • It was never adequately answered, and ordinary Muslims were left with an aggrieved feeling that Christians were "encroaching" into "areas that are reserved for Islam."

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  • "I am just really fed up with government kind of encroaching on everybody's personal rights and their freedoms," said Gail Trembley, a smoker and Topeka resident who's leading a campaign to repeal that city's ordinance. Home RSS feed

  • It has played a significant role in spreading awareness about the possible ill-effects that archaeology faces from hazards such as encroaching development, archaeological thefts etc.



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