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[fawr-kloh-zher, fohr-] /fɔrˈkloʊ ʒər, foʊr-/
noun, Law.
the act of foreclosing a mortgage or pledge.
Origin of foreclosure
1720-30; foreclose + -ure
Related forms
antiforeclosure, noun, adjective
nonforeclosure, noun Unabridged
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Word Origin and History for foreclosure

1728, from foreclose + -ure.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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foreclosure in Culture

foreclosure definition

A proceeding in which the financer of a mortgage seeks to regain property because the borrower has defaulted on payments.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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