• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Purpresture (Law) Wrongful encroachment upon another's property; esp., any encroachment upon, or inclosure of, that which should be common or public, as highways, rivers, harbors, forts, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n purpresture In law, a nuisance consisting in an inclosure of or encroachment on something that belongs to another person or to the public, as the shutting up or obstruction of a highway or of navigable waters. Encroachments other than against the public are no longer termed purprestures.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Purpresture a private encroachment upon a public highway, &c
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably corrupted (see Prest) fr. OF. pourprisure, fr. pourprendre,: cf. LL. purprestura,. Cf. Purprise
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pourprispour, for, prendre—L. prehendĕre, to take.


In literature:

The offence of "purpresture" may be cited as an example.
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