Reliction Law and Legal Definition

Reliction means that when the water of a river gradually recedes, changing the channel of the stream and leaving the land dry that was theretofore covered by water, such land belongs to the riparian owner. The owner of the land gains more dry land when the water line on his/her property recedes. Under the doctrine of reliction, the upland landowner takes title to lands uncovered by the gradual recession of the water.

Reliction refers to the receding of water so that the dry land which was under water is left permanently dry. It is not caused by a temporary tidal change.