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escheat (s) (noun), escheats (pl)
1. Property of an individual for which there is no designated heir and therefore there is a reversion to the state or to government ownership: "The news reports confirmed that there were no heirs of the estate and that the escheat will be administered by locally elected officials."
2. Etymology: Middle English rom Old French eschete, based on Latin excidere, "to fall away"; from ex-, "out of, from" + cadere, "to fall".
This entry is located in the following unit: cad-, cas-, cid- (page 4)