escheat

noun
es·​cheat | \is-ˈchēt, ish-ˈchēt\

Definition of escheat 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : escheated property

2a : 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

escheat

verb
escheated; escheating; escheats

Definition of escheat (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause to revert by escheat

intransitive verb

: to revert by escheat

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Other Words from escheat

Verb

escheatable \ is-​ˈchē-​tə-​bəl , ish-​ \ adjective

Examples of escheat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

By that measure, escheat has almost kept up with inflation. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "Delaware's long fight to collect the world's orphan cash," 12 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In Texas, unlike many other states, unclaimed property does not generally escheat to the state. Wesley E. Wright, Houston Chronicle, "Elder Law: Do you have money waiting to be claimed in Texas Unclaimed Property Fund?," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of escheat

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for escheat

Noun

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

noun
es·​cheat | \is-ˈchēt \

Legal Definition of escheat 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : escheated property

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

escheat

transitive verb

Legal Definition of escheat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause to revert by escheat

intransitive verb

: to revert by escheat

Other Words from escheat

escheatable adjective

History and Etymology for escheat

Noun

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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