Simple Definition of eminent domain
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 in a sentence
The state took the homes by eminent domain to build the new road.
First Known Use of eminent domain
Legal Definition of eminent domain
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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