escheat: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (es-chēt'), [key]
— Law. Law.
- the reverting of property to the state or some agency of the state, or, as in England, to the lord of the fee or to the crown, when there is a failure of persons legally qualified to inherit or to claim.
- the right to take property subject to escheat.
- to revert by escheat, as to the crown or the state.
- to make an escheat of; confiscate.
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