forfeiture

noun for·fei·ture \ ˈfȯr-fə-ˌchu̇r , -chər , -ˌt(y)u̇r \

Definition of forfeiture

1 :the act of forfeiting :the loss of property or money because of a breach of a legal obligation
  • assets subject to forfeiture
2 :something (such as money or property) that is forfeited :penalty

Examples of forfeiture in a Sentence

  1. the forfeiture for early withdrawal of the investment savings will be an amount equal to 10 percent of the investment

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First Known Use of forfeiture

14th century

forfeiture Synonyms


FORFEITURE Defined for English Language Learners

forfeiture

noun

Definition of forfeiture for English Language Learners

  • law : the act of giving up something as punishment or because of a rule or law : the act of forfeiting something


Law Dictionary

forfeiture

noun for·fei·ture \ ˈfȯr-fə-ˌchu̇r \

legal Definition of forfeiture

1 :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
2 :something (as money or property) that is forfeited as a penalty


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