trespass[tres′pəs; also, esp. for v., -pas′]
- The definition of a trespass is an action that is intrusive or offensive.
An example of a trespass is breaking into someone’s home.
- Trespass is defined as to go onto someone's property, or to cross a social boundary.
- An example of to trespass is to walk onto private land to hunt.
- An example of to trespass is to give a hug to someone who doesn’t like to be touched by others.
This man is trespassing.
- to go beyond the limits of what is considered right or moral; do wrong; transgress
- to go on another's land or property without permission or right
- to intrude or encroach: to trespass on one's time
- Law to commit a trespass
Origin of trespassMiddle English trespassen ; from Old French trespasser ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form transpassare, to pass across ; from Classical Latin trans-, trans- + Vulgar Latin an unverified form passare, to pass ; from Classical Latin passus: see pace
- a moral offense; transgression
- an encroachment or intrusion
- Law an illegal act done forcefully against another's person, rights, or property; also, legal action for damages resulting from this
Origin of trespassME trespas < OFr < the v.
intransitive verbtres·passed, tres·pass·ing, tres·pass·es
- Law To commit an unlawful injury to the person, property, or rights of another, with actual or implied force or violence, especially to enter onto another's land wrongfully.
- To infringe on the privacy, time, or attention of another: “I must &ellipsis; not trespass too far on the patience of a good-natured critic” (Henry Fielding).
- To commit an offense or a sin; transgress or err.
- Law a. The act of trespassing.b. A suit brought for trespassing.
- An intrusion or infringement on another.
- The transgression of a moral or social law, code, or duty. See Synonyms at breach.
Origin of trespassMiddle English trespassen, from Old French trespasser : tres-, over (from Latin trāns-; see trans–) + passer, to pass; see pass.
(third-person singular simple present trespasses, present participle trespassing, simple past and past participle trespassed)
trespass - Legal Definition