easement by prescription
- A right to use someone else's land, which becomes legally valid due to its openly recognized, continuous, and contested usage over a certain span of time - often 20 years or other duration specified by law. This is also known as a prescriptive easement
- After using the dirt road through her neighbor's field for years, Jane claimed an easement by prescription to maintain access to her property.
- In the event of a dispute, the court determined that regular use of the footpath by the public created an easement by prescription.
- The city's use of the private park for public events could potentially lead to an easement by prescription if it continues uncontested over time.