escheatable

escheat

[es-cheet] Law.
noun
1.
the reverting of property to the state or some agency of the state, or, as in England, to the lord of the fee or to the crown, when there is a failure of persons legally qualified to inherit or to claim.
2.
the right to take property subject to escheat.
verb (used without object)
3.
to revert by escheat, as to the crown or the state.
verb (used with object)
4.
to make an escheat of; confiscate.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English eschete < Old French eschete, escheoite, feminine past participle of escheoir < Vulgar Latin *excadēre to fall to a person's share, equivalent to Latin ex- ex-1 + cadere to fall (Vulgar Latin cadēre)

escheatable, adjective
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escheat (ɪsˈtʃiːt)
 
n
1.  (in England before 1926) the reversion of property to the Crown in the absence of legal heirs
2.  (in feudal times) the reversion of property to the feudal lord in the absence of legal heirs or upon outlawry of the tenant
3.  the property so reverting
 
vb
4.  to take (land) by escheat or (of land) to revert by escheat
 
[C14: from Old French eschete, from escheoir to fall to the lot of, from Late Latin excadere (unattested), from Latin cadere to fall]
 
es'cheatable
 
adj
 
es'cheatage
 
n

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escheat
the reverting of land to a king or lord in certain cases, early 14c., from Anglo-Fr. eschete (late 13c.), from O.Fr. eschete "succession, inheritance," originally fem. pp. of escheoir, from L.L. *excadere, from L. ex- "out, away" + cadere "to fall" (see case (1)). Related: Escheated; escheating.
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