forfeiture

Forfeiture is having to give something up, usually as a punishment. If kindergartners yell and run around instead of sitting quietly at their desks, it might result in a forfeiture of recess that day.

When you forfeit something, you lose or relinquish it as a penalty for doing something wrong. An instance of this happening is a forfeiture, and you can describe the thing you have to sacrifice as a forfeiture too. In law, a forfeiture is the loss of rights or goods due to not fulfilling some obligation. For example, failing to make car payments to a bank can result in the forfeiture of your car.

Definitions of forfeiture
  1. noun
    something that is lost or surrendered as a penalty
    synonyms: forfeit
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    type of:
    loss
    something that is lost
  2. noun
    a penalty for a fault or mistake that involves losing or giving up something
    synonyms: forfeit
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    type of:
    penalty
    a payment required for not fulfilling a contract
  3. noun
    the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.
    synonyms: forfeit, sacrifice
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    type of:
    act, deed, human action, human activity
    something that people do or cause to happen
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