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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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(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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the power of the state to take private property for public use with payment of compensation to the owner.
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|Noun||1.||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
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