color of title

color of title
The appearance, semblance, or simulacrum of title. Also termed "apparent title."
Any fact, extraneous to the act or mere will of the claimant, which has the appearance, on its face, of supporting his claim of a present title to land, but which, for some defect, in reality falls short of establishing it. Howth v. Farrar, C.C.A.Tex., 94 F.2d 654, 658.
That which is a semblance or appearance of title, but is not title in fact or in law. McCoy v. Lowrie, 42 Wash.2d 24, 253 P.2d 415, 418.
Any instrument having a grantor and grantee, and containing a description of the lands intended to be conveyed, and apt words for their conveyance, gives color of title to the lands described. Such an instrument purports to be a conveyance of the title, and because it does not, for some reason, have that effect, it passes only color or the semblance of a title

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