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escheat

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noun es·cheat \is-ˈchēt, ish-ˈchēt\

Definition of escheat

  1. 1 :  escheated property

  2. 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


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escheat

verb es·cheat

Definition of escheat

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause to revert by escheat

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to revert by escheat

es·cheat·able play \-ˈchē-tə-bəl\ adjective


14th Century

First Known Use of escheat

14th century



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