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.

Nearby words

  1. enclitic,
  2. enclose,
  3. enclosed,
  4. enclosed order,
  5. enclosure,
  6. enclothe,
  7. encode,
  8. encoding,
  9. encoignure,
  10. encolpion

Origin of enclosure act

First recorded in 1880–85

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