doubtful title

A title which is open to reasonable doubt; one for which a purchaser who takes it probably will be subjected to contest and litigation; one which can be established only by parol testimony difficult to procure; one that an ordinarily prudent man would not accept if he were buying the property or taking it as security for a loan. Wanner v De Nyse, 188 NY 378, 80 NE 1088.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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