Title by occupancy

(Law) a right of property acquired by taking the first possession of a thing, or possession of a thing which belonged to nobody, and appropriating it.
- Blackstone. Kent.

See also: Occupancy

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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While joint tenancies and tenancies in common are usually created by a grant, conveyance, will, or intestacy, they can also arise from occupancy (taking possession of unowned land), which is particularly relevant to our discussion because the common law test for sufficiency of occupation to acquire a title by occupancy is the test the Supreme Court found relevant for proof of Aboriginal title in Tsilhqot'in Nation.