Definition of forfeiture in English:



  • The loss or giving up of something as a penalty for wrongdoing.

    ‘the court ordered the forfeiture of his computer’
    • ‘Today, it is funded solely by active-duty payroll deductions of 50 cents, fines and forfeitures from military disciplinary actions, interest earned on the Trust and residence fees.’
    • ‘Their penalties included forfeiture of the potential remission of sentence otherwise available to them.’
    • ‘The verdict is ‘guilty’ and the only punishment is forfeiture of the right to consider yourself a decent human being.’
    • ‘In this case, the penalty should be forfeiture of the pistol and ring.’
    • ‘As the March 11 th briefing paper pointed out, there is a danger of creating a ‘perverse incentive’ for police to focus on asset forfeitures because they are easier (and potentially raise money) rather than actual convictions.’
    confiscation, sequestration, loss, losing, denial
    relinquishment, giving up, surrender, surrendering, sacrifice, sacrificing, yielding, ceding
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