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Squatter

SQUATTER

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

In the past, the term squatter specifically applied to an individual who settled on public land. Currently it is used interchangeably with intruder and trespasser.

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squat·ter / ˈskwätər/ • n. a person who unlawfully occupies an uninhabited building or unused land. ∎ hist. a settler with no legal title to the land occupied, typically one on land not yet allocated by a government.

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