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doc Definition of escheat
    English to English
    noun
  • a reversion to the state (as the ultimate owner of property) in the absence of legal heirs
  • source: WordNet 3.0
  • the property that reverts to the state
  • source: WordNet 3.0
  • The falling back or reversion of lands, by some casualty or accident, to the lord of the fee, in consequence of the extinction of the blood of the tenant, which may happen by his dying without heirs, and formerly might happen by corruption of blood, that is, by reason of a felony or attainder.
  • source: Webster 1913
    verb
  • To revert, or become forfeited, to the lord, the crown, or the State, as lands by the failure of persons entitled to hold the same, or by forfeiture.
  • source: Webster 1913
  • To forfeit.
  • source: Webster 1913
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