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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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As the court explained: "[T]he calling of lawyers as 'expert witnesses' to give opinions as to the application of the law to particular facts usurps the duty of the trial court to instruct the jury on the law as applicable to the facts, and results in no more than a modern day 'trial by oath' in which the side producing the greater number of lawyers able to opine in their favor wins."
Lower riparian had first right over use of water as per international laws but this right had always been usurped on one or the other pretext, it said.
Mehdi categorically warned the federal government that it would not allow the later to usurp the rights of the people of Sindh and would raise its voice and protest on all available forums.
Washing his hands of liability, Aquino insisted he 'only performed core executive functions' and did not usurp Congress' power of the purse.
He said that the JI will not let corrupts to usurp the rights of citizens.
Suddenly distant relatives and government agents attempt to usurp her claim, and Rue has to make hard and fast decisions on which of her newly acquired friends will help her to keep this new wonder or kill her to snatch it away.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Dec 20 (ANI): National Cricket Academy (NCA) Chief Niranjan R Shah, in a strongly-worded letter, has derided the Committee of Administration (CoA), saying the Supreme Court had appointed it to 'supervise the administration and not to usurp it.'
The Chief Minister said no one would be allowed to usurp rights of Pakistanis living abroad or grab their properties.
His consular colleague Collatinus, because of bearing the surname Tarquinius, soon left office and voluntarily went into exile, to remove any apprehensions that another Tarquin might usurp power.
Jarvis, too, claimed that Witness to Faith was "tremendously intrusive," and he, too, suggested that the method to be used in the event of any disputes would usurp "the authority of the arbitrators under the collective agreement."
Levi D'Ancona goes on to argue that the Primavera was commissioned by Giuliano, 1) to commemorate his secret marriage to a Pazzi, 2) to celebrate the imminent birth of his son Giulio (later Clement VII), and 3) to state his ambition to usurp his brother Lorenzo's position in Florence and to secure dynastic succession for himself and his heir.
KHANEWAL -- Police have expanded a scope of investigations into bus kidnapping drama to see if it was just a joke, a scary drama to usurp money or something more sinister.