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nuisance Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun (law) a broad legal concept including anything that disturbs the reasonable use of your property or endangers life and health or is offensive
  2. noun a bothersome annoying person
    pain in the neck; pain.
    • that kid is a terrible pain
WordNet

Nui"sance noun
Etymology
OE. noisance, OF. noisance, nuisance, fr. L. nocentia guilt, fr. nocere to hurt, harm; akin to necare to kill. Cf Necromancy, Nocent, Noxious, Pernicious.
Definitions
  1. That which annoys or gives trouble and vexation; that which is offensive or noxious. Nuisances are public when they annoy citizens in general; private, when they affect individuals only.

Webster 1913