Definitions for trespassˈtrɛs pəs, -pæs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tres•pass*ˈtrɛs pəs, -pæs(n.)

  1. wrongful entry upon the lands of another. an unlawful act causing injury to the person, property, or rights of another. the action to recover damages for such injury.

    Category: Law

  2. an encroachment or intrusion.

  3. an offense, sin, or wrong.

  4. (v.i.)to commit a trespass.

    Category: Law

  5. to encroach on a person's privacy, time, etc.; infringe (usu. fol. by on or upon).

  6. to commit a transgression or offense; transgress; offend; sin.

* Syn: trespass , encroach , infringe imply overstepping boundaries or violating the rights of others. To trespass is to invade the property or rights of another, esp. to pass unlawfully within the boundaries of private land: The hunters trespassed on the farmer's fields. To encroach is to intrude, gradually and often stealthily, on the territory, rights, or privileges of another, so that a footing is imperceptibly established: The sea slowly encroached on the land. To infringe is to break in upon or invade another's rights, customs, or the like, by violating or disregarding them: to infringe on a patent.

Origin of trespass:

1250–1300; ME trespas transgression < OF, der. of trespasser=tres- (< L trāns-trans -) +passer to pass


Princeton's WordNet

  1. trespass(noun)

    a wrongful interference with the possession of property (personal property as well as realty), or the action instituted to recover damages

  2. trespass, encroachment, violation, intrusion, usurpation(verb)

    entry to another's property without right or permission

  3. trespass, intrude(verb)

    enter unlawfully on someone's property

    "Don't trespass on my land!"

  4. trespass, take advantage(verb)

    make excessive use of

    "You are taking advantage of my good will!"; "She is trespassing upon my privacy"

  5. trespass(verb)

    break the law

  6. sin, transgress, trespass(verb)

    commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law

  7. transgress, trespass, overstep(verb)

    pass beyond (limits or boundaries)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. trespass(verb)ˈtrɛs pəs, -pæs

    to go onto private land without permission

    They were caught trespassing on the estate.


  1. trespass(Noun)

    (1290) sin

    Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us uE000147725uE001 The Lord's Prayer. Matthew ch6. v.14, 15

  2. trespass(Noun)

    Any of various torts involving interference to another's enjoyment of his property, especially the act of being present on another's land without lawful excuse.

  3. trespass(Verb)

    To commit an offence; to sin.

  4. trespass(Verb)

    To offend against, to wrong (someone).

  5. trespass(Verb)

    To enter someone else's property illegally.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trespass(verb)

    to pass beyond a limit or boundary; hence, to depart; to go

  2. Trespass(verb)

    to commit a trespass; esp., to enter unlawfully upon the land of another

  3. Trespass(verb)

    to go too far; to put any one to inconvenience by demand or importunity; to intrude; as, to trespass upon the time or patience of another

  4. Trespass(verb)

    to commit any offense, or to do any act that injures or annoys another; to violate any rule of rectitude, to the injury of another; hence, in a moral sense, to transgress voluntarily any divine law or command; to violate any known rule of duty; to sin; -- often followed by against

  5. Trespass

    any injury or offence done to another

  6. Trespass

    any voluntary transgression of the moral law; any violation of a known rule of duty; sin

  7. Trespass

    an unlawful act committed with force and violence (vi et armis) on the person, property, or relative rights of another

  8. Trespass

    an action for injuries accompanied with force


  1. Trespass

    Trespass is an area of tort law broadly divided into three groups: trespass to the person, trespass to chattels and trespass to land. Trespass to the person historically involved six separate trespasses: threats, assault, battery, wounding, mayhem, and maiming. Through the evolution of the common law in various jurisdictions, and the codification of common law torts, most jurisdictions now broadly recognize three trespasses to the person: assault, which is "any act of such a nature as to excite an apprehension of battery"; battery, "any intentional and unpermitted contact with the plaintiff's person or anything attached to it and practically identified with it"; and false imprisonment, the "unlaw[ful] obstruct[ion] or depriv[ation] of freedom from restraint of movement". Trespass to chattels, also known as trespass to goods or trespass to personal property, is defined as "an intentional interference with the possession of personal property … proximately caus[ing] injury". Trespass to chattel, does not require a showing of damages. Simply the "intermeddling with or use of … the personal property" of another gives cause of action for trespass. Since CompuServe Inc. v. Cyber Promotions, various courts have applied the principles of trespass to chattel to resolve cases involving unsolicited bulk e-mail and unauthorized server usage.

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the act of trespassing.

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