Deodand meaning

dēōdand
(historical, eng. law) An item of personal property, as an animal, that causes a person's death and is consequently forfeited to the crown to be used for some pious purpose.
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(obsolete, law) An object forfeited by the state (supposedly given to God) because it had caused the death of a person.
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Origin of deodand

  • From Anglo-Norman deodande, from Latin deodandum, from Deo dandum to be given to God.

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