variants or less commonly usucaption
plural -s
Roman law
: a mode of acquiring title to property by uninterrupted possession of it for a definite period (as one year for movables or two for immovables) under a title acquired in good faith

Word History


usucapion from Latin usucapion-, usucapio, from usucapere to usucapt + -ion-, -io -ion; usucaption, alteration (influenced by caption) of usucapion

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“Usucapion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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