What is Confiscation?

Legal Definition
Confiscation (from the Latin confiscatio "joining to the fiscus, i.e. transfer to the treasury") is a legal seizure by a government or other public authority. The word is also used, popularly, of spoliation under legal forms, or of any seizure of property as punishment or in enforcement of the law.
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Legal Definition
The act of confiscating; or of condemning and adjudging to the public treasury.
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-- Black's Law Dictionary