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foreclosure

[ fawr-kloh-zher, fohr- ]
/ fɔrˈkloʊ ʒər, foʊr- /
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noun Law.
the act of foreclosing a mortgage or pledge.
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Origin of foreclosure

First recorded in 1720–30; foreclose + -ure

OTHER WORDS FROM foreclosure

an·ti·fore·clo·sure, noun, adjectivenon·fore·clo·sure, noun
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Cultural definitions for foreclosure

foreclosure

A proceeding in which the financer of a mortgage seeks to regain property because the borrower has defaulted on payments.

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