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escheat

noun es·cheat \ is-ˈchēt , ish-ˈchēt \
Updated on: 15 Feb 2018

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 U.S. when there are no legal heirs

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Origin and Etymology 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


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escheat

verb

Definition of escheat

transitive verb
: to cause to revert by escheat
intransitive verb
: to revert by escheat

escheatable

play \is-ˈchē-tə-bəl, ish-\ adjective

First Known Use of escheat

14th century


Law Dictionary

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escheat

noun es·cheat \ is-ˈchēt \

legal Definition of escheat

1 : escheated property
2 : the reversion of property to the state upon the death of the owner when there are no heirs

Origin and Etymology of escheat

Anglo-French eschete reversion of property, from Old French escheoite accession, inheritance, from feminine past participle of escheoir to fall (to), befall, ultimately from Latin ex- out + cadere to fall


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escheat

transitive verb

legal Definition of escheat

: to cause to revert by escheat
intransitive verb
: to revert by escheat

escheatable

adjective


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