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trespasser

noun tres·pass·er \ ˈtres-ˌpa-sər, -pə- \

legal Definition of trespasser

:one who trespasses; especially :one who enters or remains on the real property of another wrongfully or without the owner's or possessor's authority or consent — compare invitee, licensee
Note: The general rule is that the owner or possessor of real property has the duty merely to refrain from willfully, wantonly, or recklessly injuring a trespasser whose presence is known. This rule is usually applied to licensees as well, although a licensee is usually owed a higher degree of care when an entrance fee is charged or when active operations (as of machinery) are taking place on the property.

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