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noun pur·pres·ture \pər-ˈpres-chər\

Legal Definition of purpresture

  1. :  wrongful appropriation of land subject to the rights of others :  an encroachment upon or enclosure of real property (as highways, sidewalks, or harbors) subject to common or public rights

Origin and Etymology of purpresture

Anglo-French, alteration of Old French porpresure, from porprendre to seize, occupy, enclose, from por- for + prendre to take, from Latin prehendere

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to cast off or become cast off

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