prescriptive easement
prescriptive easement see easement

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

prescriptive easement
A right to use property, acquired by open and obvious use, without the owner's permission, over a minimum period of time established by state law. For example, if hikers have been using a trail through your backyard for ten years and you've never complained, they probably have an easement by prescription through your yard to the trail.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Homeowners
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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

prescriptive easement
n.
   an easement upon another's real property acquired by continued use without permission of the owner for a period provided by state law to establish the easement. The problems with prescriptive easements are that they do not show up on title reports, and the exact location and/or use of the easement is not always clear and occasionally moves by practice or erosion.
   See also: easement, prescription

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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