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enclosure act

noun, English History.
any of the acts of Parliament passed from 1709 to 1869, requiring that private lands be fenced off from common lands.
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First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • What they call a statutory proceeding, shockingly careless and haphazard, and most ungermainely thrust into an enclosure act.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 3 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • The remains of this cast-off shell still survive in parishes where no enclosure act happens to have swept them away.

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