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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of surrendering something as a forfeit.
  • n. Something that is forfeited; a penalty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A legal action whereby a person loses all interest in the forfeit property.
  • n. The loss of forfeit property.
  • n. The property lost as a forfeit.
  • n. Any loss occasioned by one's own actions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of forfeiting; the loss of some right, privilege, estate, honor, office, or effects, by an offense, crime, breach of condition, or other act.
  • n. That which is forfeited; a penalty; a fine or mulct.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of forfeiting; the losing of some moral or legal right or privilege, as estate, office, effects, honor, or credit, through one's own fault.
  • n. Specifically, in law, the divesting of property, or the termination or failure of a right, by or in consequence of a wrong, default, or breach of a condition.
  • n. That which is forfeited; a forfeit; a fine or mulct.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.
  • n. something that is lost or surrendered as a penalty
  • n. a penalty for a fault or mistake that involves losing or giving up something

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  • ... on mans behalf
    Patron or Intercessor none appeerd,
    Much less that durst upon his own head draw
    The deadly forfeiture, and ransom set.

    Milton, Paradise Lost III

    December 18, 2006