• WordNet 3.6
    • n forfeiture the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.
    • n forfeiture a penalty for a fault or mistake that involves losing or giving up something "the contract specified forfeits if the work was not completed on time"
    • n forfeiture something that is lost or surrendered as a penalty;
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Forfeiture That which is forfeited; a penalty; a fine or mulct. "What should I gain
      By the exaction of the forfeiture ?"
    • Forfeiture The act of forfeiting; the loss of some right, privilege, estate, honor, office, or effects, by an offense, crime, breach of condition, or other act. "Under pain of foreiture of the said goods."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n forfeiture The act of forfeiting; the losing of some moral or legal right or privilege, as estate, office, effects, honor, or credit, through one's own fault.
    • n forfeiture Specifically, in law, the divesting of property, or the termination or failure of a right, by or in consequence of a wrong, default, or breach of a condition.
    • n forfeiture That which is forfeited; a forfeit; a fine or mulct.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Forfeiture act of forfeiting: state of being forfeited: the thing forfeited
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. forfeiture, LL. forisfactura,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. forfait—Low L. forisfactum—L. forisfacĕre, to transgress.


In literature:

By that time it was in the hands of the king by the forfeiture of Earl Morcar.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Here, of such pride, the forfeiture is paid.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 118, August, 1887" by Various
With the forfeiture of the Earl the lordship of the island was granted by Parliament to Lord Fairfax.
"The Little Manx Nation - 1891" by Hall Caine
The superintendent, however, may do away the forfeiture in any of these cases, on cause being shown to his satisfaction.
"Fire Prevention and Fire Extinction" by James Braidwood
The law with reference to the forfeiture of lands held by Catholics had become practically void, so that he duly succeeded to the estates.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
In 1579 his forfeiture was renewed by act of parliament.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
The very constitution of society supposes the forfeiture of a greater or less amount of these rights, according to its peculiar organization.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Warriston was forfeited, and his forfeiture publicly proclaimed, by the heralds, at the cross of Edinburgh.
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie
Public assistance not to entail any forfeiture of political rights.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
And thus by his own forfeiture of life, he found that the injustice of a judge is the worst of all crimes.
"The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus" by Ammianus Marcellinus

In poetry:

The purchaser of night and woe,
The forfeiture of day,
The debt that ev'ry man did owe,
But only God could pay.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. V." by Ralph Erskine
I have no home in the cruel heat
On alien soil that blisters feet.
This water is my native seat,
And more than ever cool and sweet,
So long by forfeiture escheat.
"The Swimmer" by John Crowe Ransom

In news:

The judge's ruling comes more than two months after a three-day forfeiture trial in US District Court in March.
Edcouch-Elsa Shrugs Off Forfeiture Talk, Deals Roma Their First Loss.
Biggest forfeiture ever in bank case.
Feds seek forfeiture of Michigan justice Diane Hathaway's Florida home.
Forfeiture – Court properly ordered interlocutory sale of yacht.
Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni has initiated a program aimed at making neighborhoods safer through the use of drug forfeiture money.
(AP) — A former detective is charged in the theft and exchanging of tires, slot machines, watches and other items from an Eastpointe police forfeiture shed for drugs and money.
Property forfeiture and seizure law off the table.
Feds boot Bal Harbour police from forfeiture program.
Oakland Sues Feds To Block Harborside Forfeiture Attempt.
Area thought leaders weigh in on property forfeiture in drug, gun crimes.
One of the main beneficiaries of Geneseo's drug forfeiture money account is a German Shepherd named Bobby.
Expensive jewelry, sports memorabilia part of Gunselman forfeiture list.
Area hotel removed from forfeiture sale.
The Knights Inn of Albert Lea was removed from a tax forfeiture sale Thursday after its owners paid off more than $220,000 in back property taxes and penalties late Wednesday afternoon.

In science:

The reasoning behind the idea of forfeiture can be backed by various realistic situations.
A Revised Classification of Anonymity