from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A close or enclosure; the compass of a manor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A close or inclosure; the compass of a manor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A close or inclosure; also, the whole compass of a manor.
Old French pourpris, from pourprendre to take away entirely; pour for + prendre to take. (Wiktionary)
The place of justice is an hallowed place; and therefore not only the bench, but the foot – place; and precincts and purprise thereof, ought to be preserved without scandal and corruption.