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forfeiture

[fawr-fi-cher]
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noun
  1. an act of forfeiting.
  2. something that is forfeited; fine; mulct.

Origin of forfeiture

1300–50; Middle English forfeiture, forfeture < Old French. See forfeit, -ure
Related formsre·for·fei·ture, noun
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forfeiture

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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