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Definition: Forfeiture

Quick Summary of Forfeiture

The loss of property or a privilege due to breaking a law. For example, a landlord may forfeit his or her property to the federal or state government if the landlord knows it is a drug-dealing site but fails to stop the illegal activity. Or, you may have to forfeit your driver’s license if you commit too many moving violations or are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

What is the dictionary definition of Forfeiture?

Dictionary Definition

something that is lost or surrendered as a penalty

n. loss of property due to a violation of law.

  1. legal A legal action whereby a person loses all interest in the forfeit property.
  2. legal The loss of forfeit property.
  3. legal The property lost as a forfeit.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Forfeiture. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. September 16, 2021
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Forfeiture. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: September 16, 2021).
American Psychological Association (APA):
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Forfeiture are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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