reasonable use doctrine


reasonable use doctrine
The maxim of the common law that the use of one's own property must be such as not unreasonably to injure others in depriving them of the lawful use and enjoyment of their properties. 38 Am J1st Negl § 15; 39 Am J1st Nuis § 16. A rule in respect of the use of percolating water by a landowner, restricting each landowner to a reasonable exercise of his own rights and a reasonable use of his own property in view of the similar rights of others. 56 Am J1st Wat § 114. The rule that a riparian proprietor may use or detain the water of the stream for purposes necessary for the use and enjoyment of his abutting property, qualified only by the correlative rights of other riparian owners, certain rights of the public, and the condition that the use be had in such manner as not to injure others in the enjoyment of their rights. 56 Am J1st Wat §§ 18, 274.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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