possessory action


Definition of possessory action

: 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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“Possessory action.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/possessory%20action. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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