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squatter

[skwot-er] /ˈskwɒt ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that squats.
2.
a person who settles on land or occupies property without title, right, or payment of rent.
3.
a person who settles on land under government regulation, in order to acquire title.
Origin of squatter
1775-1785
1775-85; squat + -er1
Related forms
squatterdom, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for squatterdom

squatter

/ˈskwɒtə/
noun
1.
a person who occupies property or land to which he has no legal title
2.
(in Australia)
  1. (formerly) a person who occupied a tract of land, esp pastoral land, as tenant of the Crown
  2. a farmer of sheep or cattle on a large scale
3.
(in New Zealand) a 19th-century settler who took up large acreage on a Crown lease
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Word Origin and History for squatterdom

squatter

n.

"settler who occupies land without legal title," 1788, agent noun from squat (v.); in reference to paupers or homeless people in uninhabited buildings, it is recorded from 1880.

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