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adverse possession

noun, Law.
the open and exclusive occupation and use of someone else's real property without permission of the owner continuously for a period of years prescribed by law, thereafter giving title to the occupier-user. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • It is not wonderful that property began in adverse possession.

    Ancient Law Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
  • The doctrine of "adverse possession" is founded on the anxiety of our law to secure quietude of title.

  • A far longer period than the present one was requisite to constitute "adverse possession" at the time mentioned in the text.

  • The civil statutes also give moral validity to the title of prescription, or adverse possession.

    Distributive Justice

    John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
  • He found him in adverse possession of his property and with a gun raised ready to shoot.

    Silver and Gold

    Dane Coolidge
  • But Truth has a right of way everywhere, and will recover it at last, spite of the adverse possession of a political party.

British Dictionary definitions for adverse possession

adverse possession

(property law) the occupation or possession of land by a person not legally entitled to it. If continued unopposed for a period specifed by law, such occupation extinguishes the title of the rightful owner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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