color of title


color of title
color of title
1: an apparent but invalid title based upon a written instrument or record; also: the instrument itself
2: an apparent ownership claimed by adverse possession

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

color of title
n.
An instrument that appears to be a valid title but in fact is not.

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


color of title
The appearance of ownership of property, evidenced by possession or a document that purports to show ownership, when there is actually a defect in the title.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property

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


color of title
n. A written instrument, such as a forged deed, that falsely appears to convey title.
See also color of law.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


color of title
The appearance of a legally enforceable right of possession or ownership. A written instrument that purports to transfer ownership of property but, due to some defect, does not have that effect. A document purporting to pass title to land, such as a deed that is defective due to a lack of title in the grantor, passes only color of title to the grantee.

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


color of title
The appearance of a legally enforceable right of possession or ownership. A written instrument that purports to transfer ownership of property but, due to some defect, does not have that effect. A document purporting to pass title to land, such as a deed that is defective due to a lack of title in the grantor, passes only color of title to the grantee.

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

color of title
n.
   the appearance of having title to personal or real property by some evidence, but in reality there is either no title or a vital defect in the title. One might show a title document to real property, but in reality he/she may have deeded the property to another; a patent to an invention may have passed to the inventor's widow, who sells the rights to one party and then, using the original patent documents, sells the patent to a second party based on this "color of title."

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Color of Title Act — Federal law which gives Secretary of Interior the right to issue a patent for land, exclusive of minerals, to one who has occupied it adversely and under color of right for period of time for a nominal amount of money. 43 U.S.C.A. No.No. 1068… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Color of Title Act — Federal law which gives Secretary of Interior the right to issue a patent for land, exclusive of minerals, to one who has occupied it adversely and under color of right for period of time for a nominal amount of money. 43 U.S.C.A. No.No. 1068… …   Black's law dictionary

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