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usucapion

[yoo-zuh-key-pee-on, -suh-] /ˌyu zəˈkeɪ piˌɒn, -sə-/
noun, Roman Law.
1.
the acquisition of property through long, undisturbed possession.
Also, usucaption
[yoo-zuh-kap-shuh n, -suh-] /ˌyu zəˈkæp ʃən, -sə-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of usucapion
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin ūsūcapiōn-, stem of ūsūcapiō, equivalent to ūsū, ablative singular of ūsus (see use (noun)) + capiō a taking (cap(ere) to take + -iō (stem -iōn-) -ion)
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  • usucapion did not lose its advantages till the reforms of Justinian.

    Ancient Law Sir Henry James Sumner Maine

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