purpresture

noun

pur·​pres·​ture
pər-ˈpres-chər
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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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Cite this Entry

“Purpresture.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/purpresture. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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