possessory action

noun

Definition of possessory action

  1. :  an action at law founded on a right of possession and brought to recover or obtain possession as: a (1) :  a real action formerly used under Old English law to regain possession of a freehold (2) :  an action founded on mere possession and sometimes used to try title indirectly b :  a suit under admiralty law to recover possession of a ship under claim of title c (1) :  an action under Scots law to vindicate and recover possession of goods heritable or movable (2) :  an action in Louisiana to be secured in possession or restored to the possession of an immovable

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