In English law, the improvement or partial enclosure of a common. The profits arising from the improvement of land approved. Now requires consent of the government by Law of Property Act, 1925, No. 194.
In old English law, a practice of criminal prosecutions by which a person accused of treason or felony was permitted to exonerate himself by accusing others and escaping prosecution himself. The custom existed only in capital cases, and consisted in the accused, called "approver", being arraigned and permitted to confess before plea and appeal or accuse another as his accomplice of the same crime in order to obtain his pardon.

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • Approvement — Ap*prove ment, n. [Obs.] 1. Approbation. [1913 Webster] I did nothing without your approvement. Hayward. [1913 Webster] 2. (Eng. Law) a confession of guilt by a prisoner charged with treason or felony, together with an accusation of his… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Approvement — Ap*prove ment, n. (Old Eng. Law) Improvement of common lands, by inclosing and converting them to the uses of husbandry for the advantage of the lord of the manor. Blackstone. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • approvement — I. vmənt noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English approvement, approuement, from Middle French approuement, aprouement, from Old French, from aprouer + ment English law : the act of approving lands II. noun ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • approvement — n. approval, endorsement …   English contemporary dictionary

  • approvement — ap·prove·ment …   English syllables

  • approvement — /əˈpruvmənt/ (say uh proohvmuhnt) noun Law enclosure of part of a stretch of common land …   Australian English dictionary

  • approvement — The old English practice of encouraging accomplices to become crown witnesses by holding out the hope of pardon on a full disclosure of their own guilt and that of their accomplices. The word was also used in the past, in a sense that appears now …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Appeal — Ap*peal , n. [OE. appel, apel, OF. apel, F. appel, fr. appeler. See {Appeal}, v. t.] 1. (Law) (a) An application for the removal of a cause or suit from an inferior to a superior judge or court for re[ e]xamination or review. (b) The mode of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Approver — Ap*prov er, n. 1. One who approves. Formerly, one who made proof or trial. [1913 Webster] 2. An informer; an accuser. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 3. (Eng. Law) One who confesses a crime and accuses another. See 1st {Approvement}, 2. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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