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From Latin prensatio, from prensare, prehensare, verb frequentative from prehendere (to seize).


prensation (countable and uncountable, plural prensations)

  1. (obsolete) The act of seizing with violence.
    • 1680, Isaac Barrow, Treatise on the Pope's Supremacy
      by ambitious prensations , by simoniacal corruptions , by political bandyings , by popular factions , by all kinds of sinister ways , men crept into the place

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for prensation in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)