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Curtilage

curtilage n

[Anglo-French curtillage enclosed land belonging to a house, kitchen garden, from Old French cortillage kitchen garden, from cortil garden, ultimately from Latin cohort- cohors farmyard]
: the area surrounding and associated with a home NOTE: The curtilage of a house is included in the Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures.



Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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