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noun Law.

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

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Origin of eminent domain

First recorded in 1730–40

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British Dictionary definitions for eminent domain

eminent domain

noun

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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Cultural definitions for eminent domain

eminent domain

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

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