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forfeiture

[fawr-fi-cher] /ˈfɔr fɪ tʃər/
noun
1.
an act of forfeiting.
2.
something that is forfeited; fine; mulct.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English forfeiture, forfeture < Old French. See forfeit, -ure
Related forms
reforfeiture, noun
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Examples from the web for forfeiture
  • If imported in ships of any other country, the penalty is forfeiture of ship and goods.
  • The city was condemned for a time to the forfeiture of all its privileges.
  • Civil forfeiture essentially puts police agencies on commission.
  • Start the punishments at dishonorable discharge with forfeiture of rank and benefits, end it with treason.
  • Criminal forfeiture is an action brought as a part of the criminal prosecution of a defendant.
  • Civil forfeiture is an in rem proceeding against the property itself, not the owner of property.
  • forfeiture has been used, literally since ancient times, to take property wrongfully used or acquired.
  • Punishments included forfeiture of land and exile, or in extreme cases death.
British Dictionary definitions for forfeiture

forfeiture

/ˈfɔːfɪtʃə/
noun
1.
something forfeited
2.
the act of forfeiting or paying a penalty
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Word Origin and History for forfeiture

mid-14c., from Old French forfaiture "crime, transgression; penalty for committing a crime," from forfait (see forfeit).

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