for·​fei·​ture ˈfȯr-fə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce forfeiture (audio)
: the act of forfeiting : the loss of property or money because of a breach of a legal obligation
assets subject to forfeiture
: something (such as money or property) that is forfeited : penalty

Example Sentences

the forfeiture for early withdrawal of the investment savings will be an amount equal to 10 percent of the investment
Recent Examples on the Web Officials said Donaldson also faces judgments for restitution and forfeiture of the property attained through the fraud. The Enquirer, 10 Sep. 2022 Denying criminal forfeiture is a way to dispute a claim by prosecutors that a defendant is not entitled to retain certain property. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Feb. 2023 The couple – along with their company, Bowmar Bowhunting – were placed on three years probation and ordered to pay more than $130,000 in fines, restitution and forfeiture. Andy Rose, CNN, 19 Jan. 2023 Flores was sentenced to four months’ confinement, forfeiture of $700 pay per month for a four month period, and reduction in rank to E-2. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, 30 Dec. 2022 Prosecutors also asked for three years of probation, nearly $11 million in restitution to the IRS, and forfeiture of about $8.7 million. Mark Pratt, ajc, 29 Dec. 2022 Assignment of benefits is legal, thanks to a concept known as freedom of contract, which says two parties may make a private agreement, including the forfeiture of certain rights, and the government may not interfere. Jim Probasco, Fortune, 18 Oct. 2022 The penalty includes a $1 million fine and forfeiture of $250,000, plus interest, that Kardashian was paid to make the post about Ethereum Max tokens. Harold Maass, The Week, 4 Oct. 2022 But the sixth — to seize the store’s business equipment for forfeiture — was highly unusual. Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of forfeiture was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Forfeiture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Kids Definition


for·​fei·​ture ˈfȯr-fə-ˌchu̇(ə)r How to pronounce forfeiture (audio)
: the act of forfeiting
: something forfeited : penalty

Legal Definition


for·​fei·​ture ˈfȯr-fə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce forfeiture (audio)
: the loss of a right, money, or especially property because of one's criminal act, default, or failure or neglect to perform a duty compare waiver
: something (as money or property) that is forfeited as a penalty
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