[ fawr-fit ]
/ ˈfɔr fɪt /
a fine; penalty.
an act of forfeiting; forfeiture.
something to which the right is lost, as for commission of a crime or misdeed, neglect of duty, or violation of a contract.
an article deposited in a game because of a mistake and redeemable by a fine or penalty.
forfeits, (used with a singular verb) a game in which such articles are taken from the players.
verb (used with object)
to subject to seizure as a forfeit.
to lose or become liable to lose, as in consequence of crime, fault, or breach of engagement.
lost or subject to loss by forfeiture.
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Origin of forfeit
1250–1300; Middle English forfet < Old French (past participle of forfaire to commit crime, to lose possession or right through a criminal act) < Medieval Latin forīs factum penalty, past participle of forīs facere to transgress, equivalent to Latin forīs outside, wrongly + facere to make, do
OTHER WORDS FROM forfeit
for·feit·a·ble, adjectivefor·feit·er, nounnon·for·feit·a·ble, adjectivenon·for·feit·ing, adjective
re·for·feit, verb (used with object)un·for·feit·a·ble, adjectiveun·for·feit·ed, adjectiveun·for·feit·ing, adjective
Words nearby forfeit
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British Dictionary definitions for nonforfeitable
/ (ˈfɔːfɪt) /
something lost or given up as a penalty for a fault, mistake, etc
the act of losing or surrendering something in this manner
law something confiscated as a penalty for an offence, breach of contract, etc
- a game in which a player has to give up an object, perform a specified action, etc, if he commits a fault
- an object so given up
(tr) to lose or be liable to lose in consequence of a mistake, fault, etc
- to confiscate as punishment
- to surrender (something exacted as a penalty)
surrendered or liable to be surrendered as a penalty
Derived forms of forfeitforfeitable, adjectiveforfeiter, noun
Word Origin for forfeit
C13: from Old French forfet offence, from forfaire to commit a crime, from Medieval Latin foris facere to act outside (what is lawful), from Latin foris outside + facere to do
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