1. The divestiture of property without compensation.
2. The loss of a right, privilege, or property because of a crime, breach of obligation, or neglect of duty. * Title is instantaneously transferred to another, such as the government, a corporation, or a private person.
3. Something (esp. money or property) lost or confiscated by this process; a penalty, fine, or mulct. 5. A judicial proceeding, the object of which is to effect a confiscation or divestiture. — forfeit, vb. — forfeitable, adj. 
1. A word often used as a synonym of “penalty” but which is, precisely, a divestiture of property without compensation, in consequence of a default or an offense, 36 Am J2d Forf & P § 1; an enforced and involuntary loss of a right. Storm v Barbara Oil Co. 177 Kan 589, 282 P2d 417.
A judicial act, such as the forfeiture of a bail bond or recognizance. Re Wright, 228 NC 584, 46 SE2d 696.
An incident of the old attainder whereby, as a form of punishment for crime, the estate of a convicted felon was extinguished, the . property going to the king. 21 Am J2d Crim L § 616.
An incident of attainder consequent upon the flight of a felon. 23 Am J2d Desc & D § 91. — aka forfeitment. 
civil forfeiture – (1867) An in rem proceeding brought by the government against property that either facilitated a crime or was acquired as a result of criminal activity.
completed-elective forfeiture – (1917) A forfeiture accomplished by the exercise of the will of one of the parties interested, as when a lease becomes voidable upon the breach of a covenant and the lessor then elects to terminate the lease.
criminal forfeiture – (1866) A governmental proceeding brought against a person to seize property as punishment for the person’s criminal behavior.
forfeiture by wrongdoing – (1976) Criminal law. 1. The loss of a property right (as to a car or cash) by virtue of one’s involvement in crime. 2.A defendant’s intentional or wrongful act of making a declarant unavailable to testify, thereby waiving the hearsay rule regarding the declarant’s statement and waiving the right to confront the witness.
forfeiture of pay – (17c) Military law. A punishment depriving the guilty party of all or part of his or her military pay.
potential-elective forfeiture – (1917) A situation from which a forfeiture may or may not be accomplished, as when a lease becomes voidable upon the breach of a covenant and the lessor has not yet elected whether to terminate the lease.
real forfeiture – (1917) A forfeiture that operates automatically, as when an estate is granted upon conditional limitation and terminates in accordance with the stipulation.
forfeit – verb: To lose, particularly in consequence off a default or an offense. 36 Am J2d Forf & P § 3.
Noun: That which is forfeited or lost by neglect of duty, or, in other words a fine, a mulct, a penalty, a forfeiture. State v Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co. (Md) 12 Gill & J 399. 
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: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6
: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949). Edited by William S. Anderson. © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY. Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931
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