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Forfeit

To lose to another person or to the state some privilege, right, or property due to the commission of an error, an offense, or a crime, a breach of contract, or a neglect of duty; to subject property to confiscation; or to become liable for the payment of a penalty, as the result of a particular act. To lose a franchise, estate, or other property, as provided by the applicable law, due to Negligence, misfeasance, or omission.

This nonconsensual deprivation transfers the property to another person or restores it to the original grantor.

forfeit

v. to lose property or rights involuntary as a penalty for violation of law. Example: the government can take automobiles or houses which are used for illegal drug trafficking or manufacture. A drug pusher may forfeit his/her car (property) if caught carrying drugs in it and found guilty. A parent may have to forfeit his/her house if his/her daughter is selling drugs from the house, even though the parent had nothing to do with and no knowledge of the drugs. One may have to forfeit one's driver's license or lose driving privileges due to multiple traffic violations or drunk driving. (See: forfeiture)

forfeit

verb abandon, abdicate, abjure, alienate by breach of condition, be deprived of, capitulate, cede, default, deliver up, demit, disgorge, escheat, fail to keep, fail to retain, forgo, forswear, give away, give up, give up claim to, give up the argument, give up the point, incur a loss, let go, let slip, lose, lose an opportunity, lose by breach of condition, lose by default, lose by failure to appear, meet with a loss, part with, put aside, quit, re multari, relinquish, rem amittere, renounce, repudiate, sacrifice, surrender, waive, withdraw, yield
Associated concepts: forfeit a bond, forfeit a deposit, forfeit bail
See also: abandon, amercement, confiscate, deposit, detriment, discontinue, disfranchise, disinherit, divest, effect, expense, fine, lose, loss, penalize, penalty, sacrifice, surrender, toll
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I crave the law, The penalty and forfeit of my bond.
I shall forfeit my situation," he said, "if I do it.
You will most assuredly forfeit your situation if you
The work was bound to be completed at latest by the 15th of October following, and the cannon delivered in good condition under penalty of a forfeit of one hundred dollars a day to the moment when the moon should again present herself under the same conditions-- that is to say, in eighteen years and eleven days.
The ingenuity of this behaviour had gained Jenny so much credit with this worthy man, that he easily believed what she told him; for as she had disdained to excuse herself by a lie, and had hazarded his further displeasure in her present situation, rather than she would forfeit her honour or integrity by betraying another, he had but little apprehensions that she would be guilty of falsehood towards himself.
The reserve which I have hitherto maintained in this matter has been misinterpreted by members of my family whose good opinion I cannot consent to forfeit.
Having a glut of entries and forfeits on the same day also means that race sponsors do not receive maximum exposure, and attracting sponsorship is difficult enough these days.
The forfeits put Arkansas-Fort Smith at 4-22 overall and 23 in the Bi-State Conference East Division.
After nearly two weeks of back-and-forth, the league decided to uphold the forfeits.
Thurston defeated a South Eugene team beset by illness, winning 76-0, scoring off nine forfeits and victories by Matt Robinson at 135 pounds, David Carter (145), Gabe Hogul (160) and Nick Coats (215).
The stock is restricted in that Tim forfeits all rights to the shares if he leaves XYZ before Jan.
She pleads mea culpa and returns all the money that the team had earned, forfeits all the games they had won, takes down all the banners in the gym, and, if memory serves us, puts the current team on probation.