Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    An attempted entry by one entitled to possession made once each year and day to keep alive his right.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In old English law. ' A formal claim made hy a party entitled to enter upon any lands or tenements, but deterred from such entry by menaces or bodily fear, for the purpose of preserving or keeping alive his right. It was called "continual," because it was required to be repeated once in the space of every year and day. It had to be made as near to the land as the party could approach with safety, and, when made in due, form, had the same effect with, and in all respects amounted to, a legal entry. Litt. §§ 419-423; Ch Litt 250a; 3 Bl. Comm. 175.