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[kuh n-fis-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kənˈfɪs kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
characterized by, effecting, or resulting in confiscation.
Origin of confiscatory
1790-1800; confiscate + -ory1
Related forms
unconfiscatory, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for confiscatory
  • All this is characterized by powerful reactionary groups as confiscatory, socialistic, and an outrage.
  • Countries would receive credits for payments surpluses, which would be subject to confiscatory taxes if they got too big.
  • We need confiscatory marginal tax rates on seven-figure incomes.
  • So much for the confiscatory left, with its one-off austerity taxes and other interesting fiscal innovations.
  • All we've done by eliminating confiscatory taxes on greedy incomes is encourage the greedy to advance.
  • It's also confiscatory, given that paying taxes isn't voluntary.
  • The first in is regard to the potential confiscatory impact of the proposed regulation.
  • And it would quite likely result in rates that are confiscatory of ratepayers' property.
  • The situation is not confiscatory, and will not produce a unique hardship for the applicant.
  • The maximum permitted earned premium would be confiscatory if applied.
British Dictionary definitions for confiscatory


/kənˈfɪskətərɪ; -trɪ/
involving confiscation
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