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- n. The unlawful personal appropriation of public lands; wrongful encroachment on, or enclosure of properties belonging to the public (e.g. highways, sidewalks, forests, harbors).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
Where any invasion of the jus privatum of the Crown, in arms of the sea, or ports, takes place, by encroachment on the soil, it is a purpresture.
Lord Hale has given us, in the iTeBi\Be De Portibus Marisj clearly prove, that where the kingdoms and proves a right to the soil, where a purpresture and nuisance have been committed, he may have a decree to abate it.
Where the purpresture is also a nuisance, the Crown has not this election; for it cannot sanction a nuisance.
The information therefore prayed, that the encroach - ment might be declared a purpresture, and be abated as such.
(other than such as hold only purpresture lands) have always had common of pasture and feedings in all the lord's commons belonging to the said manor, viz. upon Cranbury Common, Hiltingbury Common,
&c. or to abate a nuisance or purpresture on the highway.