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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.
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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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Related Words

lossforfeitrelinquishmentfinemulct

Examples from the Web for forfeiture

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Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Orthography

    Elmer W. Cavins

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

    British Socialism

    J. Ellis Barker


British Dictionary definitions for forfeiture

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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