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purpresture

[per-pres-cher]
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noun Law.
  1. the wrongful enclosure of or intrusion upon lands, waters, or other property rightfully belonging to the public at large.
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Origin of purpresture

1150–1200; Middle English < Old French pourpres(t)ure, porpresure enclosure, occupied space, equivalent to pourprise, porprise (past participle of purprendre to seize upon, encroach upon, enclose, equivalent to pur- por- pro-1 + prendre to take < Latin prehendere; see prehension) + -ure -ure
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