Trespass Definition

trĕspəs, -păs
trespassed, trespasses, trespassing
verb
trespassed, trespasses
To go beyond the limits of what is considered right or moral; do wrong; transgress.
Webster's New World
To go on another's land or property without permission or right.
Webster's New World
To infringe on the privacy, time, or attention of another.
American Heritage
To intrude or encroach.
To trespass on someone's time.
Webster's New World
To commit a trespass.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
retreat
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noun
trespasses
The act or an instance of trespassing.
Webster's New World
A suit brought for trespassing.
American Heritage
An intrusion or infringement on another.
American Heritage
The transgression of a moral or social law, code, or duty.
American Heritage
The definition of a trespass is an action that is intrusive or offensive.
An example of a trespass is breaking into someone’s home.
YourDictionary
Antonyms:
retreat
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other
Latin. With force and arms. An immediate injury, such as an assault to another’s person or property, accompanied by force or violence.
Webster's New World Law
A common-law precursor to today’s negligence, nuisance, and business torts, it was a suit to remedy injury to person or property not resulting directly from the defendant’s conduct but a later consequence of same.
Webster's New World Law
Quare clausem fregit. See quare clausem fregit.
Webster's New World Law

Other Word Forms of Trespass

Noun

Singular:
trespass
Plural:
trespasses

Origin of Trespass

  • Middle English trespassen from Old French trespasser tres- over (from Latin trāns- trans–) passer to pass pass

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

  • Verb: From Old French trespasser (“to go across or over, transgress"), from tres- (“across, over") + passer (“to pass").

    From Wiktionary

  • Noun: From Old French trespas (“passage; offense against the law"), from trespasser.

    From Wiktionary

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