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  1. an act of forfeiting.
  2. something that is forfeited; fine; mulct.
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Origin of forfeiture

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


    Elmer W. Cavins

  • Public assistance not to entail any forfeiture of political rights.

    British Socialism

    J. Ellis Barker

British Dictionary definitions for forfeiture


  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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