1. Civil law. The exercise of physical detention or control over a thing, as by occupying a building or cultivating farmland. Natural possession may be had without title, and may give rise to a claim of unlawful possession or a claim of ownership by acquisitive prescription. — aka possessio naturalis. 
1. See possessio naturalis. 
possessio naturalis – [Latin ‘natural possession’] (1838) Roman law. The simple holding of a thing, often under a contract, with no intent of keeping it permanently. This type of possession exists when the possessor’s holding of the object is limited by a recognition of another person’s outstanding right. The holder may be usufructuary, a bailee, or a servant. — aka naturalis possessio; nuda detentio; detentio; possession in fact. Cf. Possessio civilis. 
1. (Roman law.) Natural possession. Every other kind of possession not qualified for usucapion, whether mere detention or juridical possession, in contradistinction to civilis possessio,was termed naturalis possessio. See Mackeldy’s Roman Law § 241. 
usufruct – the right to the use, enjoyment, or profits of another’s property without damaging it. — aka perfect usufruct; usufructus; ususfructus; (in Scots law) liferent.
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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
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