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trespass

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noun tres·pass \ˈtres-pəs, -ˌpas\

Simple Definition of trespass

  • law : the crime of going on someone's land without permission

  • : a sin or other wrong or improper act

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of trespass

  1. 1a :  a violation of moral or social ethics :  transgression; especially :  sinb :  an unwarranted infringement

  2. 2a :  an unlawful act committed on the person, property, or rights of another; especially :  a wrongful entry on real propertyb :  the legal action for injuries resulting from trespass

Examples of trespass in a sentence

  1. He was arrested for trespass.

  2. <forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us>



Origin and Etymology of trespass

Middle English trespas, from Anglo-French, passage, overstepping, misdeed, from trespasser


First Known Use: 13th century


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trespass

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verb tres·pass \-ˌpas also -pəs\

Simple Definition of trespass

  • : to go on someone's land without permission

  • : to do something that hurts or offends someone

  • : to treat someone unfairly especially by asking for or expecting more than is fair or reasonable

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of trespass

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  err, sinb :  to make an unwarranted or uninvited incursion

  3. 2 :  to commit a trespass; especially :  to enter unlawfully upon the land of another

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  violate <trespass the bounds of good taste>

trespasser

noun

Examples of trespass in a sentence

  1. He told me I was trespassing.

  2. The sign said No Trespassing.



Origin and Etymology of trespass

Middle English, from Anglo-French trespasser to overtake, exceed, wrong, from tres to a high degree (from Latin trans beyond) + passer to pass — more at through, pass


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of trespass

trespass, encroach, infringe, invade mean to make inroads upon the property, territory, or rights of another. trespass implies an unwarranted or unlawful intrusion <hunters trespassing on farmland>. encroach suggests gradual or stealthy entrance upon another's territory or usurpation of another's rights or possessions <the encroaching settlers displacing the native peoples>. infringe implies an encroachment clearly violating a right or prerogative <infringing a copyright>. invade implies a hostile and injurious entry into the territory or sphere of another <accused of invading their privacy>.

TRESPASS Defined for Kids

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trespass

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noun tres·pass \ˈtres-pəs, -ˌpas\

Definition of trespass for Students

  1. 1 :  unlawful entry upon someone's land

  2. 2 :  1sin, offense




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trespass

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verb tres·pass

Definition of trespass for Students

trespassed

trespassing

  1. 1 :  to enter upon someone's land unlawfully

  2. 2 :  to do wrong :  sin

trespasser

noun



Law Dictionary

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trespass

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noun tres·pass \ˈtres-pəs, -ˌpas\

Legal Definition of trespass

  1. :  wrongful conduct causing harm to another: as a :  a willful act or active negligence as distinguished from a mere omission of a duty that causes an injury to or invasion of the person, rights, or especially property of another; also :  the common-law form of action for redress of injuries directly caused by such a wrongful act — compare trespass on the case in this entry b :  trespass quare clausum fregit in this entry computer trespass :  the act of using or gaining access to a computer or computer network without authorization especially for the purpose of committing a crime or harming or removing programs, data, or hardware continuing trespass :  a trespass that continues until the act (as of depriving another of his or her property without the intent to steal it) or instrumentality (as an object placed wrongfully on another's land) causing it is ended or removed criminal trespass :  trespass to property that is forbidden by statute and punishable as a crime as distinguished from trespass that creates a cause of action for damages trespass ab initio :  a trespass that arises upon a lawful act which because of subsequent unlawful or wrongful conduct is deemed under a legal fiction to have been trespassory from the beginning trespass de bonis asportatis \-dē-ˈbō-nis-ˌas-pȯr-ˈtā-tis, -dā-ˈbō-nēs-ˌäs-pȯr-ˈtä-tēs\ probably from Medieval Latin (trangressio) de bonis asportatis (trespass) concerning property carried off :  a common-law form of action to recover for trespass involving the carrying off of one's goods by another trespass on the case :  a common-law form of action to recover for another's wrongful act that indirectly causes one's injury —called also action on the case, case trespass quare clausum fregit \-ˈkwer-ē-ˈklȯ-zəm-ˈfrē-jət, -ˈkwä-rā-ˈklau̇-su̇m-ˈfrā-gēt\ probably from Medieval Latin (transgressio) quare clausum fregit (trespass) whereby he or she broke into a close (tenement protected by law of trespass) :  a trespass that involves wrongful and tortious entry on another's real property trespass to try title :  an action brought as a means of obtaining redress for a trespass to real property and determining the title to the property trespass vi et armis \-ˈvī-ˌet-ˈär-mis, -ˈvē-, -ˌmēs\ Latin vi et armis with force and arms :  a trespass involving intentional infliction of injury on a person



Origin and Etymology of trespass

Anglo-French trespas violation of the law, actionable wrong, from Old French, crossing, passage, from trespasser to go across, from tres across + passer to pass


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trespass

intransitive verb tres·pass

Legal Definition of trespass

  1. :  to commit a trespass; especially :  to enter wrongfully or without proper authority or consent upon the real property of another

  2. transitive verb
  3. :  to commit a trespass against





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