possessory action

noun

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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