1. The effect of a lapse of time in creating and destroying rights.
2. The extinction of a title or right by failure to claim or exercise it over a long period. – aka negative prescription; extinctive prescription.
3. The acquisition of title to a thing (especially an intangible thing such as the use of real property) by open and continuous possession over a statutory period. — aka positive prescription; acquisitive prescription. 
1. The acquisition of an easement by adverse user under claim of right for the prescriptive period. The acquisition of incorporeal hereditaments by adverse user. Plaza v Flak, 7 NJ 215, 81 A2d 137, 27 ALR2d 324.
A presumption of grant from long possession and exercise of right. 25 Am J2d Ease § 39.
In the broad sense of modern times, the gaining of a title by adverse possession. 3 Am J2d Adv P § 4.
See municipal corporation by prescription. 
1. The acquisition of title by adverse possession.
3. The acquisition of incorporeal hereditaments by an adverse user. 
“Prescription— which originally signified any exception, but came latterly to be especially identified with the exceptio ratione temporis (“rule of exception due to a plea of freedom from claims in law, that plea being founded on a presumption of the pursuer’s consent and long period of having chosen not to object”)— is a plea which may be employed for the purpose either of extinguishing or of establishing a right of property. The manifest desirability of ‘fixing and ascertaining property’, and of preventing forgeries, has procured it a place in the municipal code of all human societies.” 
title by prescription – a title acquired by prescription (or adverse possession). — aka adverse title; title by adverse possession.
negative prescription – extinction of a title or right by failure to claim or exercise it over a long period. — aka extinctive prescription.
positive prescription – acquisition of title to a thing by open and continuous possession over a statutory period. — aka acquisitive prescription.
period of prescription – the period fixed by local law as sufficient for obtaining or extinguishing a right through lapse of time, and other circumstances.
prescriptive right – a right obtained by prescription.
adverse user – the act of using real property in an “open, notorious, and hostile manner,” under a claim of right, contrary to the interests of the true owner.
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: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949). Edited by William S. Anderson. © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY. Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931
: J.H. Miller, A Handbook of Prescription 1 (1893)
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