Definition of purpresture in English:

purpresture

noun

Law
  • 1An illegal enclosure of or encroachment upon land or property belonging to another or (now only) to the public; an appropriation of land or property for private purposes.

  • 2A payment or rent due to a feudal superior for permission to enclose or build on land. Now historical and rare.

Origin

Middle English; earliest use found in Statutes of the Realm. From Anglo-Norman purpresture and Middle French (Normandy) pourpresture illegal enclosure of or encroachment on land or property belonging to another person or to the public, payment or rent due to a feudal superior for permission to enclose or build on land, further etymology uncertain.

Pronunciation

purpresture

/pəːˈprɛstʃ(ʊ)ə/