escheatage

escheatage

[es-chee-tij]
noun
the right of succeeding to an escheat.

Origin:
1605–15; escheat + -age

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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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