American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To deprive (a mortgagor) of the right to redeem mortgaged property, as when payments have not been made.
- v. To bar an equity or a right to redeem (a mortgage).
- v. To exclude or rule out; bar.
- v. To settle or resolve beforehand.
- v. To bar an equity or a right to redeem a mortgage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shut out; exclude; prevent.
- In law: To shut out by a judicial decree from further opportunity to assert a right or claim: said of the process by which all persons previously having right to redeem property from a forfeiture for non-payment of a debt are finally cut off from that right: as, to foreclose a mortgager of his equity of redemption.
- Hence— To enforce, as a mortgage, by shutting out in due process of law a mortgager and those claiming under him from the right to redeem the property mortgaged.
- To enforce a mortgage.
- v. to repossess a mortgaged property whose owner has failed to make the necessary payments
- v. to prevent from doing something
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To shut up or out; to preclude; to stop; to prevent; to bar; to exclude.
- v. keep from happening or arising; make impossible
- v. subject to foreclosing procedures; take away the right of mortgagors to redeem their mortgage
- From Middle English foreclosen, forclosen, from Old French forclos, past participle of forclore ("to exclude"), from for + clore ("to shut"). Some senses originated from or were influenced by Middle English forclusen ("to close up"), from Old English forclȳsan ("to close up"), equivalent to for- + close. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English forclosen, to exclude from an inheritance, from Old French forclos, shut out, past participle of forclore, to exclude : fors-, outside (from Latin forīs; see dhwer- in Indo-European roots) + clore, to close (from Latin claudere). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“We also believe that Fannie should have guidelines allowing servicers to proceed on a foreclosure only when its legal entitlement to foreclose is clearly documented.”
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That great old English prefix, quaint almost by default!
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