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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

confiscable

\kuhn-FIS-kuh-buhl\ , adjective;
1.
Liable to be taken by an authorized party.
Quotes:
He knew of about a thousand bales of cotton, some of it private property, some of it confiscable, stored at various points on the banks of the Alabama.
-- Ambrose Bierce, For the Ahkoond
Only the treaties of England, in 1661, with Sweden, and in 1670 with Denmark, are founded on the ancient rule which regarded merely the ownership of the cargo, which declare the goods of a neutral merchant free in an enemy's vessel, and those of an enemy confiscable in a neutral bottom.
-- John Elihu Hall, editor, The American law journal, Volume 6
Origin:
Confiscable is a legal term whose source is the Latin confiscare, from com- "together" and fiscus, "public treasury," literally "money basket."
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