eminent domain

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  1. 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

Words Nearby eminent domain

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How to use eminent domain in a sentence

  • The oceans are now the Kings highway and he owns them by right of eminent domain.

    The Fall of a Nation | Thomas Dixon
  • The obligation of contracts has been declared sacred; the right of eminent domain restricted by the provision for compensation.

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

  • The right of eminent domain nowhere justifies the taking of property for private use.

  • As we understand the principles of our government, the states possess the right of eminent domain.

British Dictionary definitions for eminent domain

eminent domain

  1. 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.

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