from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.
  • noun Law A use of property or course of conduct that interferes with the legal rights of others by causing damage, annoyance, or inconvenience.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Injured or painful feeling; annoyance; displeasure; grief.
  • noun An annoying experience; a grievous infliction; trouble; inconvenience.
  • noun The infliction of hurt or injury.
  • noun That which or one who annoys, or gives trouble or injury; a troublesome or annoying thing; that which is noxious, offensive, or irritating; a plague; a bore: applied to persons and things.
  • noun In law, such a use of property or such a course of conduct as, irrespective of actual trespass against others or of malicious or actual criminal intent, transgresses the just restrictions upon use or conduct which the proximity of other persons or property in civilized communities imposes upon what would otherwise be rightful freedom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun That which annoys or gives trouble and vexation; that which is offensive or noxious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A minor annoyance or inconvenience.
  • noun A person or thing causing annoyance or inconvenience.
  • noun law Anything harmful or offensive to the community or to a member of it, for which a legal remedy exists.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (law) a broad legal concept including anything that disturbs the reasonable use of your property or endangers life and health or is offensive
  • noun a bothersome annoying person


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from nuire, nuis-, to harm, from Vulgar Latin *nocere, from Latin nocēre; see nek- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman nusaunce, nussance etc., from Old French nuisance, from nuisire ("to harm") (, from Latin noceō ("I harm"))


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