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squatter

verb squat·ter \ ˈskwä-tər \
Updated on: 12 Apr 2018

Definition of squatter

: to go along through or as if through water
  • ducks squattering to the shore

Origin and Etymology of squatter

imitative


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squatter

noun

Definition of squatter

: one that squats: such as
a : one that settles on property without right or title or payment of rent
b : one that settles on public land under government regulation with the purpose of acquiring title

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First Known Use of squatter

1788

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SQUATTER Defined for English Language Learners

squatter

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


Law Dictionary

squatter

noun squat·ter \ ˈskwä-tər \

legal Definition of squatter

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