Animus Possidendi

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Definition: Animus Possidendi

Animus Possidendi

What is the dictionary definition of Animus Possidendi?

Dictionary Definition

In property law, animus possidendi (“intent to possess”) refers to a person’s manifest intention to control an object, and is one of the two elements—along with factum possidendi (the “fact of possession”) – required to establish property in an object by first possession.

Full Definition of Animus Possidendi

‘Intention to possession’. To establish adverse possession, the squatter must show that he intended to take possession of the land. Although this is a subjective matter, a court will not normally take the squatter’s word that this was his intention — he will have to lead evidence.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Animus Possidendi are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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