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foreclosure

[fawr-kloh-zher, fohr-] /fɔrˈkloʊ ʒər, foʊr-/
noun, Law.
1.
the act of foreclosing a mortgage or pledge.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; foreclose + -ure
Related forms
antiforeclosure, noun, adjective
nonforeclosure, noun
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Word Origin and History for foreclosures
foreclosure
1728, from foreclose + -ure.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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foreclosures 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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