Squatter sovereignty
Squatter Squat"ter (-t[~e]r), n. 1. One who squats; specifically, one who settles unlawfully upon land without a title. In the United States and Australia the term is sometimes applied also to a person who settles lawfully upon government land under legal permission and restrictions, before acquiring title. [1913 Webster]

In such a tract, squatters and trespassers were tolerated to an extent now unknown. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) See {Squat snipe}, under {Squat}. [1913 Webster]

{Squatter sovereignty}, the right claimed by the squatters, or actual residents, of a Territory of the United States to make their own laws. [Local, U.S.] --Bartlett. [1913 Webster]


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