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purpresture n

[Anglo-French, alteration of Old French porpresure, from porprendre to seize, occupy, enclose, from por- for + prendre to take, from Latin prehendere]
: wrongful appropriation of land subject to the rights of others
: an encroachment upon or enclosure of real property (as highways, sidewalks, or harbors) subject to common or public rights

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

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