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[fawr-fi-cher] /ˈfɔr fɪ tʃər/
an act of forfeiting.
something that is forfeited; fine; mulct.
Origin of forfeiture
1300-50; Middle English forfeiture, forfeture < Old French. See forfeit, -ure
Related forms
reforfeiture, noun Unabridged
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  • In this way I should escape the forfeiture of my credit, and the risk of maintaining it.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • The forfeiture of the lords was agreed to, all but unanimously.

    Andrew Melville William Morison
  • One half the value was to be spent in improvements, on pain of forfeiture.

  • Pertaining to the head, as, capital punishment, which involves the forfeiture of the head.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • Public assistance not to entail any forfeiture of political rights.

    British Socialism

    J. Ellis Barker
British Dictionary definitions for forfeiture


something forfeited
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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