purpresture

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Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

purpresture (plural purprestures)

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