hostile possession – open, notorious possession of land under a claim of an exclusive right thereto, including against the record owner’s claim

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hostile possession:

1. Possession asserted against the claims of all others, especially the record owner. [1]

1. Possession of land under a claim of an exclusive right thereto, thereby denying the right of any other person.  An open and notorious possession of such a character that a claim of ownership inconsistent with the existence of a right on the part of any other person is unquestionably to be inferred. 3 Am J2d Adv P § 34.
     Ill will, malevolence or a desire to thwart and injure are not essential characteristics of hostile possession. Brewer v Brewer, 238 NC 607, 78 SE2d 719, 40 ALR2d 763. [2]

1. Owning property that is legally owned by another party. [3]

1. See adverse possession. [4]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: 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

[3]: Black’s Law Dictionary 2nd Ed. Online:

[4]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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