escheat


1es·cheat

noun \is-ˈchēt, ish-ˈchēt\

Definition of ESCHEAT

1
:  escheated property
2
a :  the reversion of lands in English feudal law to the lord of the fee when there are no heirs capable of inheriting under the original grant
b :  the reversion of property to the crown in England or to the state in the United States when there are no legal heirs

Origin of ESCHEAT

Middle English eschete, from Anglo-French, reversion of property, from escheir to fall, devolve, from Vulgar Latin *excadēre, from Latin ex- + Vulgar Latin *cadēre to fall, from Latin cadere — more at chance
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

2escheat

verb

Definition of ESCHEAT

transitive verb
:  to cause to revert by escheat
intransitive verb
:  to revert by escheat
es·cheat·able \-ˈchē-tə-bəl\ adjective

First Known Use of ESCHEAT

14th century

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

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