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(from Latin usus, 'use', and capere, 'to take in hand'), 'usucaption', the 'acquisition of ownership by use': acquisition of civil property ( dominium ) - land and other objects - on the basis of one or two years of possession in Roman law (Mod. Dig. 41,3,3; Ulp. 19,8; Boeth. ad Cic. Top. 4,23; Isid. Orig. 5,25,30). Usucapio was only available to Roman citizens (Gai. Inst. 2,65). According to the Twelve Tables ( tabulae duodecim , Tab. 8,17) usucaption of stolen goods was excluded (Gai. Inst. 2,45; 49). However, according to a lex Atinia (late 3rd cent./early 2nd cent. B…

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Schanbacher, Dietmar (Dresden), “Usucapio”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 06 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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