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- v. To deforest
- v. To change the status of land from that of a forest to ordinary land
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To reduce from the privileges of a forest to the state of common ground; to exempt from forest laws.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In England, to free from the restrictions of forest laws; reduce from the legal state of a forest to that of common land.
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- v. remove the trees from
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Lindsay therefore wrote to the king to try to "disafforest" the lands which were contiguous to the monastery, and he effected his object by payment of 1320 marks.
In order to execute the lesser charter, it was requisite, by new perambulations, to set bounds to the royal forests, and to disafforest all land which former encroachments had comprehended within their limits.