Origin and Etymology of confiscate
Latin confiscatus, past participle of confiscare to confiscate, from com- + fiscus treasury
First Known Use: circa 1533
Definition of confiscate
1 : to seize as forfeited to the public treasury
2 : to seize by or as if by authority
confiscationplay \ˌkän-fə-ˈskā-shən\ noun
confiscatorplay \ˈkän-fə-ˌskā-tər\ noun
confiscatoryplay \kən-ˈfis-kə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective
Examples of confiscate in a sentence
Guards confiscated knives and other weapons from the prisoners.
The teacher confiscated all cell phones for the duration of the field trip.
First Known Use of confiscate
CONFISCATE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of confiscate for Students
: to seize by or as if by public authority <Police confiscated the stolen car.>
Legal Definition of confiscate
: to seize without compensation as forfeited to the public treasury — compare criminal forfeiture
confiscation\ˌkän-fə-ˈskā-shən\ play noun
confiscator\ˈkän-fə-ˌskā-tər\ play noun
confiscatory\kən-ˈfis-kə-ˌtōr-ē\ play adjective
Additional Notes on confiscate
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.
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