enclosure act

nounEnglish History.
  1. any of the acts of Parliament passed from 1709 to 1869, requiring that private lands be fenced off from common lands.

Origin of enclosure act

First recorded in 1880–85

Words Nearby enclosure act

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How to use enclosure act in a sentence

  • The remains of this cast-off shell still survive in parishes where no enclosure act happens to have swept them away.

  • 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
  • No general enclosure act could be passed, though often suggested.