Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A forfeiture from one to another.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The transfer or transition from one person to another of a right, liability, title, estate or office. Francisco v. Aguirre, 94 Cal. 180, 29 Pac. 495; Owen v. Insuranco Co., 56 Hun, 455, 10 N. Y. Supp. 75 In ecclesiastical law. The forfeiture of a right or power (as the right of presentation to a llving) in consequence of its non-user by the person holding it, or of some other act or omission on his part, and its resulting transfer to the person next entitled. In Scotch law. The transference of the right of purchase, from the highest bidder at an auction sale, to the next highest, when the former fails to pay his bid or furnish security for Its payment within the time appointed. Also, the reference of a matter in controversy to a third person (called "overs-man") by two arbitrators to whom it has bcen submitted and who are unable to agree,