Adverse possession

Definition
: actual possession of another's real property that is open, hostile, exclusive, continuous, adverse to the claim of the owner, often under a claim of right or color of title, and that may give rise to title in the possessor if carried out for a specified statutory period (as ten years)
also
: the method of acquiring title by such possession
see also hostile possession and notorious possession in this entry
compare prescription



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