|n.||1.||(Roman Law) The acquisition of the title or right to property by the uninterrupted possession of it for a certain term prescribed by law; - the same as |
USUCAPTION, civil law. The manner of acquiring property in things by the
lapse of time required by law.
2. It differs from prescription, which has the same sense, and means, in addition, the manner of acquiring and losing, by the effect of time regulated by law, all sorts of rights and actions. Merl. Repert. mot Prescription, tom. xii. page 671; Ayl. Pand. 320; Wood's Inst. Civ. Law, 165; Lecons Elem. du Dr. Rom. Sec. 437; 1 Browne's Civ. Law, 264, n.; vattel, ii. 2, c. 2, Sec. 140.