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Escheat

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Escheat

to revert, or become forfeited, to the lord, the crown, or the state, as lands by the failure of persons entitled to hold the same, or by forfeiture.

in this country it is the general rule that when the title to land fails by defect of heirs or devisees, it necessarily escheats to the State; but forfeiture of estate from crime is hardly known in this country, and corruption of blood is universally abolished.

Origin: Esheated; Escheating.