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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