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eminent domain

noun

Simple Definition of eminent domain

  • law : a right of a government to take private property for public use

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of eminent domain

  1. :  a right of a government to take private property for public use by virtue of the superior dominion of the sovereign power over all lands within its jurisdiction

Examples of eminent domain in a sentence

  1. The state took the homes by eminent domain to build the new road.



1783

First Known Use of eminent domain

1783


Law Dictionary

eminent domain

noun em·i·nent do·main \ˈe-mə-nənt-\

Legal Definition of eminent domain

  1. :  the right of the government to take property from a private owner for public use by virtue of the superior dominion of its sovereignty over all lands within its jurisdiction — see also condemn, expropriate, take 1b



Additional Notes on eminent domain

The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires the government to compensate the owner of property taken by eminent domain, stating “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” State constitutions contain similar provisions requiring that the property owner receive just compensation for the property taken.


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