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English definition of “cloud on title”

cloud on title

noun [C or U]     (plural clouds on title)
LAW something, such as a claim from a third party (= a person or company who is not directly involved in the deal), which might stop someone becoming the legal owner of a piece of property: The existence of a cloud on title will allow the purchaser the option to back out of a contract.
(Definition of cloud on title noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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