eminent domain

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eminent domain

n.
The power of a government to take private property for public use without the owner's consent, provided just compensation is given.
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eminent domain

n
(Law) 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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em′inent domain′


n.
the power of the state to take private property for public use with payment of compensation to the owner.
[1730–40]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eminent domain - the right of the state to take private property for public use; the Fifth Amendment that was added to the Constitution of the United States requires that just compensation be made
legal right - a right based in law
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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It further stated that the government could not take merchants' or homeowners' goods or land without prompt and just compensation, and that the government may not impose excessive fines--meaning, fines that amount to an unjust taking of one's means of living.
Such is the value of a single human life that God equates the unjust taking of one life with killing all of humanity.
In this sense all life in the eyes of God is of equal value and the unjust taking of any life is equally immoral.