Encroach vs Enclave - What's the difference?

encroach | enclave |

As verbs the difference between encroach and enclave

is that encroach is (obsolete) to seize, appropriate while enclave is .

As a noun encroach

is (rare) encroachment.




  • (obsolete) to seize, appropriate
  • to intrude unrightfully on someone else's rights or territory
  • * 2005 , .
  • Because change itself would absolutely stay-stable, and again, conversely, stability itself would change, if each of them encroached on the other.
  • to advance gradually beyond due limits
  • Derived terms

    * encroacher * encroachment


  • (rare) Encroachment.
  • * 1805 , Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ‘What is Life?’:
  • All that we see, all colours of all shade, / By encroach of darkness made?
  • * 2002 , Caroline Winterer, The Culture of Classicism , JHU Press 2002, p. 116:
  • Shorey was among the most vociferous opponents of the encroach of scientism and utilitarianism in education and society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.



    (en noun)
  • A political, cultural or social entity or part thereof that is completely surrounded by another.
  • The republic of San Marino is an enclave of Italy.
    The streets around Union Square form a Protestant enclave within an otherwise Catholic neighbourhood.
  • A group that is set off from a larger population by its characteristic or behavior.
  • ...it tends to make marriage itself a lifestyle enclave.
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  • Usage notes

    Enclaves are generally also exclaves, though exceptions exist (as detailed at ), and in common speech only the term enclave is used. An enclave is an area surrounded'' by another area, while an exclave is an area ''cut off from the main area. An area can be cut off without being surrounded (such as , enclaved in South Africa, but not exclaved). File:Enclave.svg, C is A's enclave and B's exclave. File:Exclave.svg, C is an exclave of B, but not an enclave of A. A pene-enclave (resp., pene-exclave) is an area that is an enclave "for practical purposes", but does not meet the strict definition. This is a very technical term.

    See also

    * exclave * pene-enclave * pene-exclave


    * (group set off from a larger population by a characteristic) Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life - Page 74 by Robert Neelly Bellah, William M. Sullivan, Ann Swidler, Steven M. Tipton, Richard Madsen - 1996


  • To enclose within a foreign territory.
  • Anagrams

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