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

    Adverse; under claim of exclusive ownership. See 33 Neb. 861, 51 N. W. 295.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Having the character of an enemy; standing in the relation of an enemy. See 1 Kent, Comm. c. 4.
    —Hostile embargo. One laid upon the vessels of an actual or prospective enemy.
    —Hostile possession. This term as applied to au occupant of reni estate holding adversely, la not construed as implying actual enmity or ill will, but merely means that he claims to hold the possession in the character of an owner, and therefore denies all validity to claims set up by any and nil other persons. Ballard v. Hansen, 33 Neb. 861, 51 N. W. 295; Griffin v. Mulley, 167 Pn. 339, 31 Atl. 664.
    —Hostile witness.. A witness who manifests so much hostility or prejudice under examination in chief that the party who has called him, or his representative, is allowed to cross-examine him-i. e., to treat him as though he had been called by the opposite party. Wharton.