The most important of these was "escheat," the right of resuming possession of land when its holder died without an heir.
Chamberlain wrote on January 10, 1608, to escheat of Sherborne.
Ultimate heir, he to whom lands come by escheat on failure of proper heirs.
“You dare not escheat his estates yet,” replied the prior stubbornly.
Obreption, ob-rep′shun, n. obtaining of gifts of escheat by falsehood—opp.
And we will hold the escheat in the same manner in which the baron held it.
As the church is a body having perpetual existence, there is, moreover, no chance of any escheat.
It will be remembered, also, that the animals which the Scotch law forfeited were escheat to the king.
The Collector called upon the Hindus to put the Siva temple in order within a year, on pain of its being treated as an escheat.
In case a master died without lawful heirs, his slaves did not escheat, but were regarded as other personal estate or property.
the reverting of land to a king or lord in certain cases, early 14c., from Anglo-French eschete (late 13c.), from Old French eschete "succession, inheritance," originally fem. past participle of escheoir, from Late Latin *excadere "to fall out," from Latin ex- "out, away" (see ex-) + cadere "to fall" (see case (n.1)). As a verb, from late 14c. Related: Escheated; escheating.