verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of escheat
Examples from the Web for escheat
Historical Examples of escheat
Chamberlain wrote on January 10, 1608, to Escheat of Sherborne.Sir Walter Ralegh
“You dare not escheat his estates yet,” replied the prior stubbornly.Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race
Maud Isabel Ebbutt
And the estates of the rebels, they escheat to the temples of the insulted gods?Valeria
William Henry Withrow
And we will hold the escheat in the same manner in which the baron held it.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.
S. A. Reilly
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.
Word Origin 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.