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
Words nearby eminent domain
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British Dictionary definitions for 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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Cultural definitions for eminent domain
The right of a government to take private property for a public purpose, usually with just compensation of the owner.
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