Dormant Title Law and Legal Definition

Dormant title is a title in a real property held in abeyance. It is an unasserted title.

The following is an example of a case law referring to the term:

To purchase a dormant title, and to bring suit on it, is said to be maintenance; that is, a title which the proprietor, through choice, would not have set up, but suffered to have slept, but from the officious intermeddling of the purchaser, who has caused a law suit to be brought, for what the person really injured, would have permitted to pass unnoticed; and this, whether the title be good or bad. [Nichols v. Bunting, 10 N.C. 86, 87 (N.C. 1824)].