forfeit
for·feit 1 /'fȯr-fət/ n [Anglo-French, from Middle French forfait, past participle of forfaire to commit a crime, from fors outside + faire to do]: something forfeited or subject to being forfeited
forfeit 2 vt
1: to lose or lose the right to by some default, failure, or neglect of obligation or duty or by some offense
shall forfeit to the United States...any proceeds which the person obtained, directly or indirectly, from racketeering activityU.S. Code
2: to subject to forfeiture
it shall be placed in the custody of the Collector, who...shall cause a notice of the seizure and intention to forfeit and sell the sameMorgan v. United States, 107 F. Supp. 501 (1952)
for·feit·abil·i·ty /ˌfȯr-fə-tə-'bi-lə-tē/ n
for·feit·able adj
forfeit 3 adj: forfeited or subject to forfeiture

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

forfeit
I verb abandon, abdicate, abjure, alienate by breach of condition, be deprived of, capitulate, cede, concede, default, deliver up, demit, disgorge, escheat, fail to keep, fail to retain, forgo, forswear, give away, give up, give up claim to, give up the argument, give up the point, incur a loss, let go, let slip, lose, lose an opportunity, lose by breach of condition, lose by default, lose by failure ro appear, meet with a loss, part with, put aside, quit, re multari, relinquish, rem amittere, renounce, repudiate, sacrifice, surrender, waive, withdraw, yield associated concepts: forfeit a bond, forfeit a deposit, forfeit bail II index amercement, confiscate, deposit, detriment, discontinue (abandon), disfranchise, disinherit, divest, expense (sacrifice), fine, lose (be deprived of), lose (undergo defeat), loss, penalize, penalty, surrender (give back), toll (effect)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


forfeit
v.
To lose the right to something as a punishment; to be forced to give something up.
n.
A right or thing lost as a penalty; the act of forfeiting something.
adj.
Lost or given up as a penalty.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


forfeit
To involuntarily lose property or rights as a penalty for violating the law. For example, one may have to forfeit one's driver's license due to multiple traffic violations or drunk driving.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: DUI / DWI
Category: DUI / DWI & Traffic Tickets
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
Category: Traffic Tickets

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


forfeit
To lose to another person or to the state some privilege, right, or property due to the commission of an error, an offense, or a crime, a breach of contract, or a neglect of duty; to subject property to confiscation; or to become liable for the payment of a penalty, as the result of a particular act. To lose a franchise, estate, or other property, as provided by the applicable law, due to negligence, misfeasance, or omission.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


forfeit
To lose to another person or to the state some privilege, right, or property due to the commission of an error, an offense, or a crime, a breach of contract, or a neglect of duty; to subject property to confiscation; or to become liable for the payment of a penalty, as the result of a particular act. To lose a franchise, estate, or other property, as provided by the applicable law, due to negligence, misfeasance, or omission.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

forfeit
v.
   to lose property or rights involuntarily as a penalty for violation of law. Example: the government can take automobiles or houses which are used for illegal drug trafficking or manufacture. A drug pusher may forfeit his/her car (property) if caught carrying drugs in it and found guilty. A parent may have to forfeit his/her house if his/her daughter is selling drugs from the house, even though the parent had nothing to do with and no knowledge of the drugs. One may have to forfeit one's driver's license or lose driving privileges due to multiple traffic violations or drunk driving.
   See also: forfeiture

Law dictionary. . 2013.

Synonyms:
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  • forfeit — for‧feit [ˈfɔːft ǁ ˈfɔːr ] verb [transitive] 1. LAW to lose property or the legal right to something because you have broken the law: • The company will forfeit all its assets to the federal government. 2. to lose rights, benefits etc: • State… …   Financial and business terms

  • Forfeit — For feit, n. [OE. forfet crime, penalty, F. forfait crime (LL. forefactum, forifactum), prop. p. p. of forfaire to forfeit, transgress, fr. LL. forifacere, prop., to act beyond; L. foris out of doors, abroad, beyond + facere to do. See {Foreign} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Forfeit — For feit, a. [F. forfait, p. p. of forfaire. See {Forfeit}, n.] Lost or alienated for an offense or crime; liable to penal seizure. [1913 Webster] Thy wealth being forfeit to the state. Shak. [1913 Webster] To tread the forfeit paradise. Emerson …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Forfeit — For feit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Forfeited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Forfeiting}.] [OE. forfeten. See {Forfeit}, n.] To lose, or lose the right to, by some error, fault, offense, or crime; to render one s self by misdeed liable to be deprived of; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forfeit — [fôr′fit] n. [ME forfet < OFr forfait, pp. of forfaire, to transgress < ML forisfacere, to do wrong, lit., to do beyond < L foris, foras, out of doors, beyond (see FOREIGN) + facere (see FACT)] 1. something that one loses or has to give… …   English World dictionary

  • Forfeit — For feit, v. i. 1. To be guilty of a misdeed; to be criminal; to transgress. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. To fail to keep an obligation. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I will have the heart of him if he forfeit. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forfeit — [n] something given as sacrifice cost, damages, fine, loss, mulct, penalty, relinquishment; concept 123 Ant. gain, victory, win forfeit [v] give up something in sacrifice abandon, be deprived of, be stripped of, drop, give over, lose, relinquish …   New thesaurus

  • forfeit — ► VERB (forfeited, forfeiting) 1) lose or be deprived of (property or a right or privilege) as a penalty for wrongdoing. 2) lose or give up as a necessary consequence. ► NOUN 1) a fine or penalty for wrongdoing. 2) Law a forfeited right,… …   English terms dictionary

  • Forfeit — For feit, p. p. or a. In the condition of being forfeited; subject to alienation. Shak. [1913 Webster] Once more I will renew His laps[ e]d powers, though forfeite. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Forfeit — (engl., spr. fohrfĭt), im Sport, s. Reugeld …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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