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squatter

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intransitive verb squat·ter \ˈskwä-tər\

Definition of squatter

  1. :  to go along through or as if through water <ducks squattering to the shore>

Origin and Etymology of squatter

imitative


First Known Use: 1785


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squatter

noun squat·ter

Definition of squatter

  1. :  one that squats: asa :  one that settles on property without right or title or payment of rentb :  one that settles on public land under government regulation with the purpose of acquiring title

1788

First Known Use of squatter

1788


SQUATTER Defined for English Language Learners


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squatter

noun squat·ter

Definition of squatter for English Language Learners

  • : someone who lives in a building or on land without the permission of the owner and without paying : someone who squats


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squatter

noun squat·ter \ˈskwä-tər\

Legal Definition of squatter

  1. :  a person who occupies real property without a claim of right or title

Additional Notes on squatter

In most jurisdictions, a squatter cannot gain title to land through adverse possession because adverse possession requires possession of the property under a claim of right or color of title.


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