Imperfect Title Law and Legal Definition

Title requiring further exercise of granting power to pass the fee in land is imperfect title. An imperfect title does not convey full and absolute dominion.

An inchoate or incipient title is imperfect and requires some additional exercise of the granting power before the fee is passed. Such an imperfect title does not imply ownership, not against the sovereign or against individuals. [Paschal v. Dangerfield, 37 Tex. 273 (Tex. 1872)]