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impinge (verb) influence or affect usually badly.

When your actions impinge on others' rights or freedom, they have a bad effect on others' rights and freedom, that is, their rights and freedom are undermined. 'The new tax proposals, the government claims, will not impinge on the common person's budget.' This means that according to the government, the new taxes will not have any bad effect on the common person.

  • The large-scale quarrying of these rocks have certainly impinged on the ecology of the place. The water is contaminated and the air is heavily polluted.
  • The mining activity near the village has impinged on the safety of the houses in the area. Because of the frequent detonations carried out underground, cracks have developed in the walls of a number of houses.
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