Oc"cu*pant (?), n. [L. occupans, p.pr. of occupare: cf. F. occupant. See Occupy.]
One who occupies, or takes possession; one who has the actual use or possession, or is in possession, of a thing.
⇒ This word, in law, sometimes signifies one who takes the first possession of a thing that has no owner.
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