Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The acquisition of right or title to an object by means of the passage of time.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The acquisition of the title or right to property by the uninterrupted possession of it for a certain term prescribed by law; -- the same as prescription in common law.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In civil law, the acquisition of the title or right to property by the uninterrupted and undisputed possession of it for a certain term prescribed by law.

Etymologies

Latin usucapio –onis: to acquire by prescription. (Wiktionary)

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.