Cant Law and Legal Definition

Cant is a civil law term that refers to a method of dividing a commonly held property. Under this method, the commonly held property goes to the highest bidding owner on the condition that successful bidder must buy each co-owner’s interest. It is also termed licitation. Partition by licitation means a sale at public auction. [Amoco Production Co. v. Thompson, 516 So. 2d 376, 388 (La. Ct. App. 1987)].