for·​fei·​ture | \ ˈfȯr-fə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce forfeiture (audio) , -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

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Synonyms for forfeiture


damages, fine, forfeit, mulct, penalty

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Examples of forfeiture in a Sentence

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

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Besides the obvious injustice of a naked governmental money grab, these types of civil asset forfeitures threaten Americans’ constitutionally protected property rights. Christina Martin, WSJ, "For $8.41 in Unpaid Taxes, the Government Took Uri Rafaeli’s House," 7 Dec. 2018 Hottot is with the Institute for Justice, a civil liberties law firm working to overturn civil forfeiture. Christopher Ingraham,, "Customs agents took $58,000 from Ohio man at airport. He's suing to get it back.," 31 May 2018 Hottot is with the Institute for Justice, a civil liberties law firm working to overturn civil forfeiture. Christopher Ingraham, ajc, "64-year-old put his life savings in his carry-on. U.S. Customs took it," 31 May 2018 An investigation by the Reader revealed that money for CPD surveillance equipment was coming from civil forfeitures. Freddy Martinez, Chicago Reader, "Groups fight huge expansion of police drone monitoring of protests," 29 May 2018 Punishments can include forfeiture of pay, extra duty, reduction in grade, confinement in military jail, bread and water or decreased food rations. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "10 Significant Moments You Missed From 'This Is Us' Last Night," 17 Oct. 2018 Federal prosecutors are seeking forfeiture of at least $3.3 million and two of the doctor’s homes in Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach. Susannah Bryan,, "'Pill mill' doc who prescribed 1.2 million doses of opioids found guilty," 1 July 2018 Many prosecutors don’t believe forfeiture has a limiting principle. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Fines and Punishment," 29 Nov. 2018 McAllister’s proceeds were calculated at $456,806.23, also subject to forfeiture. Amy S. Rosenberg,, "South Jersey teacher, salesman, plead guilty in Shore health benefits scam," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of forfeiture

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of forfeiture

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


for·​fei·​ture | \ ˈfȯr-fə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce forfeiture (audio) \

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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