Reside Law and Legal Definition

Reside means to dwell permanently or continuously. It expresses an idea that a person keeps or returns to a particular dwelling place as his fixed, settled, or legal abode. The plain meaning of reside implies a continuous arrangement. [Petrowsky v. Krause, 223 Wis. 2d 32, 36 (Wis. Ct. App. 1998)] It also refers to occupying a place which is one’s legal domicile.

Reside refers to staying somewhere permanently or continuously. It also refers to occupying a place which is one’s legal domicile.

For example, a Wisconsin Case law, Petrowsky v. Krause, 223 Wis. 2d 32, 36 (Wis. Ct. App. 1998), defines “reside” as follows:

“***The plain meaning of reside implies a continuous arrangement. The dictionary definition of reside is "to dwell permanently or continuously . . . expressing the idea that a person keeps or returns to a particular dwelling place as his fixed, settled, or legal abode." Webster's Third New International Dictionary 1931 (3d ed. 1993) (emphasis added). While we acknowledge that the term "reside" is also a legal term of art, here, the legal and general meanings are the same. Black's Law Dictionary defines the term by using phrases such as "settled," "permanently," and "continuously." Black's Law Dictionary 1308 (6-ed. 1990).***”