a fine; penalty.
an act of forfeiting; forfeiture.
something to which the right is lost, as for commission of a crime or misdeed, neglect of duty, or violation of a contract.
an article deposited in a game because of a mistake and redeemable by a fine or penalty.
forfeits, (used with a singular verb) a game in which such articles are taken from the players.
verb (used with object)
to subject to seizure as a forfeit.
to lose or become liable to lose, as in consequence of crime, fault, or breach of engagement.
lost or subject to loss by forfeiture.

1250–1300; Middle English forfet < Old French (past participle of forfaire to commit crime, to lose possession or right through a criminal act) < Medieval Latin forīs factum penalty, past participle of forīs facere to transgress, equivalent to Latin forīs outside, wrongly + facere to make, do

forfeitable, adjective
forfeiter, noun
nonforfeitable, adjective
nonforfeiting, adjective
reforfeit, verb (used with object)
unforfeitable, adjective
unforfeited, adjective
unforfeiting, adjective

7. surrender, yield, relinquish, forgo, waive.
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forfeit (ˈfɔːfɪt)
1.  something lost or given up as a penalty for a fault, mistake, etc
2.  the act of losing or surrendering something in this manner
3.  law something confiscated as a penalty for an offence, breach of contract, etc
4.  (sometimes plural)
 a.  a game in which a player has to give up an object, perform a specified action, etc, if he commits a fault
 b.  an object so given up
5.  (tr) to lose or be liable to lose in consequence of a mistake, fault, etc
6.  (tr) law
 a.  to confiscate as punishment
 b.  to surrender (something exacted as a penalty)
7.  surrendered or liable to be surrendered as a penalty
[C13: from Old French forfet offence, from forfaire to commit a crime, from Medieval Latin foris facere to act outside (what is lawful), from Latin foris outside + facere to do]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. forfait "crime," originally pp. of forfaire "transgress," from for- "outside, beyond," + faire "to do" (from L. facere; see factitious). Translating M.L. foris factum. Sense shifted mid-15c. from the crime to the penalty. Related: Forfeited; forfeiting; forfeiture.
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