Definition of confiscation in English:



  • The action of taking or seizing someone's property with authority; seizure.

    ‘a court ordered the confiscation of her property’
    • ‘This includes confiscation of computers if police believe that a record of a firearm is contained therein.’
    • ‘Now, the perpetrator governments have agreed to this legal conclusion, although they maintain the implausible assertion that gun confiscations were not the result of official policy.’
    • ‘No-one caught smoking pot on south London streets will be treated to anything more than a caution and the confiscation of their stash.’
    • ‘The process is already under way and should result, later this year, in new legislation both strengthening conviction-based confiscations and introducing civil forfeiture.’
    • ‘Law enforcement agencies have seized assets running into several billion dollars, but there have been concerns about confiscations where no charges or convictions have been made against an individual.’
    seizure, impounding, commandeering, requisition, requisitioning, appropriation, expropriation, sequestration, taking away, annexation
    distraint, distrainment, attachment, disseisin
    poind, poinding
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