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confiscate

adjective con·fis·cate \ ˈkän-fə-ˌskāt , kən-ˈfi-skət \

Definition of confiscate

1 :appropriated by the government :forfeited
2 :deprived of property by confiscation

Origin and Etymology of confiscate

Latin confiscatus, past participle of confiscare to confiscate, from com- + fiscus treasury


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confiscate

verb con·fis·cate \ ˈkän-fə-ˌskāt \

Definition of confiscate

confiscated; confiscating
transitive verb
1 :to seize as forfeited to the public treasury
2 :to seize by or as if by authority

confiscation

play \ˌkän-fə-ˈskā-shən\ noun

confiscator

play \ˈkän-fə-ˌskā-tər\ noun

confiscatory

play \kən-ˈfi-skə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of confiscate in a Sentence

  1. Guards confiscated knives and other weapons from the prisoners.

  2. The teacher confiscated all cell phones for the duration of the field trip.

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First Known Use of confiscate

1552


CONFISCATE Defined for English Language Learners

confiscate

verb

Definition of confiscate for English Language Learners

  • : to take (something) away from someone especially as punishment or to enforce the law or rules


CONFISCATE Defined for Kids

confiscate

verb con·fis·cate \ ˈkän-fə-ˌskāt \

Definition of confiscate for Students

confiscated; confiscating
:to seize by or as if by public authority
  • Police confiscated the stolen car.

confiscation

\ˌkän-fə-ˈskā-shən\ noun

Law Dictionary

confiscate

transitive verb con·fis·cate \ ˈkän-fə-ˌskāt \

legal Definition of confiscate

confiscated; confiscating
:to seize without compensation as forfeited to the public treasury — compare criminal forfeiture
Note: Illegal items such as narcotics or firearms, or profits from the sale of illegal items, may be confiscated by law enforcement officers. Additionally, government action that reduces the value of property to a person or entity as to make it nearly worthless has been held to constitute confiscation. Examples of such government action include the passage of zoning laws that prevent the use of land for its designated purpose and the setting of utility rates so low that the utility company cannot realize a reasonable return on its investment.

confiscation

play \ˌkän-fə-ˈskā-shən\ noun

confiscator

play \ˈkän-fə-ˌskā-tər\ noun

confiscatory

play \kən-ˈfis-kə-ˌtōr-ē\ adjective


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