adverse possession

Definition of "adverse possession"
  1. A method of acquiring legal ownership of a property by occupying it openly, continuously, and without the consent of the original owner for a specific period of time
How to use "adverse possession" in a sentence
  1. If the trespassers continue their occupancy for five more years, they can claim the land through adverse possession.
  2. Despite owning the land on paper, he lost it by adverse possession because he neglected it for years.
  3. After paying taxes for a vacant lot for a decade, she became its owner through adverse possession.

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