squatter's right


noun Law Informal.

a claim to real property, especially public land, that may be granted to a person who has openly possessed and continuously occupied it without legal authority for a prescribed period of years.

Nearby words

  1. squassation,
  2. squat,
  3. squat thrust,
  4. squatter,
  5. squatter sovereignty,
  6. squattocracy,
  7. squatty,
  8. squauwmish,
  9. squaw,
  10. squaw huckleberry

Origin of squatter's right

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60

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