Legal Definition and Related Resources of Interruption

Meaning of Interruption

In the law relating to prescription and adverse possession , the term denotes some event , act or occurrence which breaks the continuity of the use or possession. To acquire an interest , such as an easement not based on grant , a person claiming same should have exercised such right openly, continuously, peaceably and as of right for a certain statutory number of years. If the exercise of such right by the person claiming it has been interrupted for any length of time in such circumstances as to indicate that such person had notice of the interruption then there is a break in the required period of time to qualify for prescription. Interruption of possession is where the right is not enjoyed or exercised continuously. In order for an interruption to occur, the person claiming the right should have submitted to or acquiesced in the same. If the servient owner puts a physical barrier amounting to an obstruction to the exercise of a right-of-way , but the person claiming the right removes the obstruction each time it is put up, then there is clearly no interruption.

Interruption Alternative Definition

The effect of some act or circumstance which stops the course of a prescription or act of limitations. 3 Bligh (N. S.) 444; 4 Mees. & W. 497. Civil interruption is that which takes place by some judicial act. Natural interruption is an interruption in fact. 4 Mason (U. S.) 404; 2 Younge & J. 285. See “Easement”; “Limitations”; “Prescription.” In Scotch Law. The true proprietor’s claiming his right during the course of prescription. Bell, Diet.

Synonyms of Interruption


  • abeyance
  • armistice
  • arrest
  • bar
  • block
  • break
  • cessation
  • check
  • clog
  • deadlock
  • delay
  • disconnection
  • discontinuance
  • disjunction
  • dissolution
  • disunion
  • gap
  • halt
  • hiatus
  • hindrance
  • impediment
  • intercapedo
  • interception
  • interference
  • interim
  • interlude
  • intermissio
  • intermission
  • interstice
  • intervallum
  • intrusion
  • lull
  • obstacle
  • obstruction
  • pause
  • recess
  • respite
  • severance
  • standstill
  • stop
  • stoppage
  • sunderance
  • suspension
  • truce
  • Associated Concepts: business interruption insurance
  • interruption of adverse possession
  • interruption of service

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Consecutive, Continuous, Discontinuance, Disturbance, Hindrance, Prescription, Quiet Enjoyment, Suspension.


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