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.

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

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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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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