usucapion

[ yoo-zuh-key-pee-on, -suh- ]
/ ˌyu zəˈkeɪ piˌɒn, -sə- /

noun Roman Law.

the acquisition of property through long, undisturbed possession.

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Also u·su·cap·tion [yoo-zuh-kap-shuh n, -suh-] /ˌyu zəˈkæp ʃən, -sə-/.

Origin of usucapion

1600–10; < Latin ūsūcapiōn-, stem of ūsūcapiō, equivalent to ūsū, ablative singular of ūsus (see use (noun)) + capiō a taking (cap(ere) to take + -iō (stem -iōn-) -ion)
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Example sentences from the Web for usucapion

  • Usucapion did not lose its advantages till the reforms of Justinian.

    Ancient Law|Sir Henry James Sumner Maine