Purpresture definition

The unlawful personal appropriation of public lands; wrongful encroachment on, or enclosure of properties belonging to the public (e.g. highways, sidewalks, forests, harbors).
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of purpresture - pourpresture

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
purpresture
Plural:
purprestures

Origin of purpresture

  • 1150–1200, Middle English, from Anglo-Norman; alteration of Old French porpresure (enclosure, occupied space), from porprendre (to seize, occupy, enclose), from por- (f) + prendre (to take); from Latin prehendere.

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