- the reverting of property to the lord of the manor (in feudal law), to the crown (in England), or to the government (in the U.S.) when there are no legal heirs
- property so reverting
Origin of escheatMiddle English eschete ; from OFr, literally , that which falls to one ; from past participle of escheoir, to fall to one's share ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form excadere, to fall upon ; from Classical Latin ex-, out + cadere, to fall: see case
- Reversion of land held under feudal tenure to the manor in the absence of legal heirs or claimants.
- Law a. Reversion of property to the state in the absence of legal heirs or claimants.b. Property that has reverted to the state when no legal heirs or claimants exist.
intr. & tr.v.es·cheat·ed, es·cheat·ing, es·cheats Law
Origin of escheatMiddle English eschete, from Old French (from escheoir, to fall out) and from Anglo-Latin escheta, both from Vulgar Latin *excad&emacron;re, to fall out : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin cadere, to fall; see kad- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present escheats, present participle escheating, simple past and past participle escheated)
- (of property) To revert to a state or lord because its previous owner died without an heir.
escheat - Legal Definition