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eminent domain

eminent domain

noun

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

Full Definition of EMINENT DOMAIN

:  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

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

First Known Use of EMINENT DOMAIN

1783

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