adverse possession
adverse possession see possession

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

adverse possession
noun acquisition, appropriation, assumption, attainment, obtainment, ownership, procurement, proprietorship, recovery, seizure associated concepts: adverse claim, adverse holding, adverse interest, adverse party, adverse user, adverse verdict, adverse witness

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


adverse possession
n.
A method of acquiring property without buying it; if a person uses land not belonging to him or her in a manner that is open (so that the owner knows about it or should know), but without permission of the owner, continuously, actually, and exclusively for a period of time prescribed by statute (usually a number of years), then a court will find that the person has earned title to the land.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


adverse possession
A means by which one can legally take another's property without paying for it. The requirements for adversely possessing property vary between states, but usually include continuous and open use for a period of five or more years and paying taxes on the property in question.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


adverse possession
n. A method of acquiring title to real estate by actually, continuously, and openly occupying the property for an uninterrupted amount of time to the exclusion of all others and in defiance of the real owner's rights. The required period of occupancy, as well as other possible conditions, are set by statute.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


adverse possession
A method of gaining legal title to real property by the actual, open, hostile, and continuous possession of it to the exclusion of its true owner for the period prescribed by state law. Personal property (personal property) may also be acquired by adverse possession.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


adverse possession
I
A method of gaining legal title to real property by the actual, open, hostile, and continuous possession of it to the exclusion of its true owner for the period prescribed by state law. personal property may also be acquired by adverse possession.
II Method of acquiring real property under certain conditions by possession for a statutory period.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

adverse possession
n.
   a means to acquire title to land through obvious occupancy of the land, while claiming ownership for the period of years set by the law of the state where the property exists. This can arise when a rancher fences in a parcel contending he was to get title from some prior owner, and then grazes cattle on the property for many years without objection by the title holder. Payment of real property taxes and making improvements (such as paving or fencing) for the statutory period (varies by state) are evidence of adverse possession but cannot be used by a land grabber with no claim to title other than possession.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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