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Ejectment is a common law cause of action by a plaintiff who does not actually possess a piece of real property but has the right to possess it, against a defendant who is in actual possession of the property. For instance, an action of ejectment is available to a landowner whose real property has been wrongfully taken. The plaintiff must prove their right to exclusive possession of the property by showing proof of paramount title. A paramount title is a title that would win over another title in an action or a title that can be successfully asserted against another person’s title.

[Last updated in July of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]