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  • n. The act or process of confiscating.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of taking property or condemning it to be taken, as forfeited to the public use.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of confiscating, or appropriating as forfeited.
  • n. A statute of 1862 (12 Stat., 589) authorizing the seizure of such property and its condemnation by proceedings in the United States courts. These acts constituted part of the “war measures” adopted during the civil war, and were upheld by the Supreme Court in 1870 (Miller v. U. S., 11 Wall., 268).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. seizure by the government

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