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
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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