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The illegal encroachment or assumption of the use of authority, power, or property properly belonging to another; the interruption or disturbance of an individual in his or her right or possession.

The term usurpation is also used in reference to the unlawful assumption or seizure of sovereign power, in derogation of the constitution and rights of the proper ruler.

See: arrogation, assumption, distress, infringement

USURPATION, torts. The unlawful assumption of the use of property which belongs to another; an interruption or the disturbing a man in his right and possession. Toml. Law Dict. h.t.
     2. According to Lord Coke, there are two kinds of usurpation. 1. When a stranger, without right, presents to a church, and his clerk is admitted; and, 2. When a subject uses a franchise of the king without lawful authority. Co. Litt. 277 b.

USURPATION, government. The tyrannical assumption of the government by force contrary to and in violation of the constitution of the country.

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We are proud of the mobilization and fearlessness of the Burkinabe people, especially its youth, whose unwavering determination helped to stop the usurpation," he said.
Under the old system, the Parliament functioned as a formal body that only contributed to the usurpation of power," he said.
Le suspect sera presente incessamment devant les instances judiciaires pour [beaucoup moins que] escroquerie et usurpation de fonction [beaucoup plus grand que].
We knew then our experiment in Republican Government would be tested, but we trusted in the Citizens of America to stand as a Bulwark of Liberty and guard against change by usurpation of power.
Usurpation of rights of followers of any religion is against teachings of Islam and the Constitution.
Loosely based on the story of a historical warrior Scot, his assassination of the king and usurpation of the throne, Macbeth strikes a harrowing balance between an intense study of the human psyche and the brutal realities of power.
Beginning with "Sputnick Shock" in the late 1950s, the United States has undergone cyclical bouts of "declinism," with the most recent predicting China's usurpation of US superpower status, argues Joffe (publisher-editor of the weekly German newspaper Die Zeit), who sets out to debunk this line of thinking.
OIFI said it reserved full right to take necessary legal action against those involved in such violation and copyright infringement that "constituted usurpation of intellectual property rights and manipulation of authorship content".
She said that establishment of bases by the Indian paramilitary force initially in four districts was part of Indian plan to test the Kashmiris' patience and if the usurpation was stomached by the Kashmiris, then CRPF camps would mushroom in every nook and corner of the territory.
The government has the responsibility of confiscating all wealth accumulated through usury, usurpation, bribery, embezzlement, theft, gambling, misuse of endowments, misuse of government contracts and transactions, the sale of uncultivated lands and other resources subject to public ownership, the operation of centers of corruption, and other illicit means and sources, and restoring it to its legitimate owner; and, if no such owner can be identified, it must be entrusted to the public treasury.
Le prevenu ainsi que la serveuse ont ete deferes devant le parquet, chacun en ce qui le concerne, pour usurpation de fonction, harcelement, trafic de drogue et relation illegitime.
Delegates were informed on the Cyprus economy, the real estate market's prospects and the usurpation of Greek Cypriot properties in the occupied areas FIABCI The International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) is a non-political entity, which promotes collaboration and networking among the sector's professionals from all over the world.