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eminent domain

noun, Law.
the power of the state to take private property for public use with payment of compensation to the owner.
Origin of eminent domain
First recorded in 1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Railroad can take it under the right of eminent domain," said the president.

    Scattergood Baines Clarence Budington Kelland
  • Can it be said that the right of eminent domain attaches to the mill or its owner?

  • As to eminent domain, they possess an undefined right to determine the time and manner of ascertaining the compensation.

  • The right of eminent domain is possessed by the supreme power of the nation.

  • The exercise by every State of the right of eminent domain is an illustration of this.

  • Considerable emphasis was laid upon the right of eminent domain.

  • These roads were established by the power of eminent domain.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • The law of eminent domain may be taken advantage of only by corporations which are engaged in serving the public.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • The eminent domain of the State is neither ownership nor any mode of ownership.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • Having no real estate to condemn at high prices, I have no desire for the privilege of eminent domain.

    The Barrier Allen French
British Dictionary definitions for eminent domain

eminent domain

(law) the right of a state to confiscate private property for public use, payment usually being made to the owners in compensation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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eminent domain in Culture

eminent domain definition

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

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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