molestation (n.) c.1400, "action of annoying or vexing," from O.Fr. molestacion "vexation, harassing," and directly from M.L. molestationem (nom. molestatio), noun of action from pp. stem of molestare (see MOLEST (Cf. molest)). It meant "the harassing of a person in his possession or occupation of lands" in Scottish law; in English common law it came to mean "injury inflicted upon another."

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  • Molestation — Mol es*ta tion, n. [Cf. F. molestation.] The act of molesting, or the state of being molested; disturbance; annoyance. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • molestation — molest ► VERB 1) pester or harass in a hostile way. 2) assault or abuse sexually. DERIVATIVES molestation noun molester noun. ORIGIN Latin molestare annoy , from molestus troublesome …   English terms dictionary

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  • molestation — noun /mɒlɪˈsteɪʃən,ˌməʊlɪˈsteɪʃən,ˌmoʊlɪˈsteɪʃən/ a) the act of molesting b) the state of being molested …   Wiktionary

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