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CHAPTER 20 NUISANCE 1. Introduction The term 'nuisance' is made up of French word 'nuire' and Latin word 'nocere' or 'nocumentum' which in legal sense means 'annoyance' or 'harm'. The element of unlawful 'annoyance' is the only thing common to all nuisances. Everyone, today thinks that interference should not come from his neighbour in his way of life, but it is not possible in absolute manner. One has to endure some degree of noise, dust, smell, smoke, the escape of effluent etc., otherwise life would not move in the modern worl