eminent domain

noun Law.
the power of the state to take private property for public use with payment of compensation to the owner.

Origin:
1730–40

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eminent domain
 
n
law the right of a state to confiscate private property for public use, payment usually being made to the owners in compensation

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eminent domain definition


The right of a government to take private property for a public purpose, usually with just compensation of the owner.

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Example sentences
We don't use the government powers of eminent domain to give private property
  to private interests.
Compensation for property taken by eminent domain--condemnation
  juries--payment--railroad property.
In this situation the power of eminent domain is the only salvation.
Eminent domain seizure of right-of-way being a good example.
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