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 fine; a mulct; a penalty. See 12 Gill & J. (Md.) 399, 38 Am. Dec. 317.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    To lose an estate, a franchise or other property belonging to one, by the act of the law, and as a consequence of some misfeasance, negligence or omission. Cassell v. Crothers, 193 Pa. 359, 44 Atl. 446; State v. De Gress, 72 Tex. 242, 11 S. W. 1029; Sinte v. Walbridge, 119 Mo. 383, 24 S. W. 457, 41 Am. St. Rep. 663; State v. Baltimore & O. R, Co., 12 Gill & J. (Md.) 432, 38 Ain. Dec. 319. The further ideas connoted by this term are that it is a deprivation, (that is, against the will of the losing party,) and that the property is either transferred to another or resumed by the original grantor. To incur a penalty; to become liable to the payment of a sum of money, as the consequence of a certain act.