Locative Calls Law and Legal Definition

Locative calls refer to specific calls, description, or marks of location referring to landmarks, physical objects, or other points by which a land can be exactly located and identified. It is used mainly in deeds and patents.

“The description of land to be acquired, which every entry must contain, may be divided into general and special. The general description must be such as to bring the holder of a warrant to be located into the neighborhood of the land already appropriated and such as to enable him to find that land with reasonable diligence. The special description, or, in the technical language of the country, the locative calls of the entry, must be such as to ascertain and identify the land.”[ M'Dowell v. Peyton, 23 U.S. 454 (U.S. 1825)].

In Cates v. Reynolds, 143 Tenn. 667 (Tenn. 1920), the court held that locative calls are those which serve to fix boundaries.