nui|sance «NOO suhns, NYOO-», noun.
1. a thing or person that annoys, troubles, offends, or is disagreeable; annoyance: »

Flies are a nuisance. The quartering of soldiers upon the colonists was a great nuisance (H. G. Wells).

SYNONYM(S): plague, trouble, inconvenience.
2. Law. anything annoying, harmful, or offensive to a community, or a member of it, especially to a property owner, and always as defined by law.
[Middle English nusance harm < Old French nuisance < nuis-, stem of nuire to harm < Latin nocēre]

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