squat·ter /'skwä-tər/ n: a person who occupies real property without a claim of right or title
◇ In most jurisdictions, a squatter cannot gain title to land through adverse possession because adverse possession requires possession of the property under a claim of right or color of title.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

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Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A person who sets up residence on property that does not belong to him or her.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

An individual who settles on the land of another person without any legal authority to do so, or without acquiring a legal title.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

An individual who settles on the land of another person without any legal authority to do so, or without acquiring a legal title.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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