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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
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eminent domain

(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 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.

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