Nuisance definition

no͝osəns, nyo͝o-
An act, condition, thing, or person causing trouble, annoyance, or inconvenience.
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(law) A use of property or course of conduct that interferes with the legal rights of others by causing damage, annoyance, or inconvenience.
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One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

Having to stand in line was a nuisance. The disruptive child was a nuisance to the class.

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An ongoing act or a condition that interferes with another’s use or inhabitation of real property.
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A nuisance that is very dangerous, or in some other way beyond conventional bounds of acceptability and risk, one that has certainty.
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The definition of a nuisance is someone or something that is causing trouble, annoying or bothersome.

An example of a nuisance is your nosy neighbor.

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A nuisance that may easily be repaired or avoided.
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A potentially dangerous element or entity on real property that may attract people, especially children, to use it to their own harm; for example, a swimming pool.
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A nuisance that affects private ownership interests.
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A nuisance that affects both public and private interests.
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A nuisance that interferes with public interests, including those in health, safety, and transportation.
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A person or thing causing annoyance or inconvenience.
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(law) Anything harmful or offensive to the community or to a member of it, for which a legal remedy exists.

A public nuisance.

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(law) A use of one's property that causes danger or annoyance to others or that interferes with others using or enjoying their own property and that is subject to civil action.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
nuisance
Plural:
nuisances

Origin of nuisance

  • Middle English from Old French from nuire nuis- to harm from Vulgar Latin nocere from Latin nocēre nek-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary