escheat


escheat
es•cheat
[[t]ɛsˈtʃit[/t]] Law.
1) law the reverting of property to the state or, as in England, to the crown when there are no legal heirs
2) law the right to take property subject to escheat
3) law (of property) to revert by escheat
4) law to take or confiscate by escheat
Etymology: 1250–1300; ME eschete < OF eschete, escheoite, fem. ptp. of escheoir < VL *excadēre to fall to a person's share = L ex- I+cadere to fall (VL *cadēre) es•cheat′a•ble, adj. es•cheat′or, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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