purpresture

noun
pur·​pres·​ture | \ pər-ˈpres-chər \

Legal Definition of purpresture

: 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

History and Etymology for 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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“Purpresture.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/purpresture. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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