verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of escheat
Examples from the Web for escheat
It will be remembered, also, that the animals which the Scotch law forfeited were escheat to the king.The Common Law|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Slavery did not escheat to the English government upon the expiration of its authority in North America.History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1|George W. Williams
And we will hold the escheat in the same manner in which the baron held it.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.|S. A. Reilly
Freeholds are declared to be a necessary element, and should they all escheat, the manor would be only a reputed one.Villainage in England|Paul Vinogradoff
The most important of these was "escheat," the right of resuming possession of land when its holder died without an heir.A History of England|Charles Oman
British Dictionary definitions for escheat
Word Origin for escheat
Word Origin and History for escheat
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.