ex·​pro·​pri·​a·​tion | \ (ˌ)ek-ˌsprō-prē-ˈā-shən \

Definition of expropriation

: the act of expropriating or the state of being expropriated specifically : the action of the state in taking or modifying the property rights of an individual in the exercise of its sovereignty

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Examples of expropriation in a Sentence

the development of the colony involved expropriation of large tracts of fertile farmland from the natives

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That is since the two sides agreed to a payment plan in August for a $2 billion arbitration case against PdVSA over a 2007 expropriation of two oil developments in the country. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "Venezuela Makes Payment on Citgo-Backed Bond," 30 Oct. 2018 Investors in large-caps like Alibaba and Baidu have felt safe from this type of expropriation because the companies seemed too big to be taken private. Jesse M. Fried And Matthew Schoenfeld, WSJ, "Will China Cheat American Investors?," 13 Dec. 2018 Essam Ahmed, the owner, says his grandfather worked in the shop and then purchased it in 1956, when Egypt's foreign communities fled in the face of growing nationalism and expropriation of property by the socialist government. Samy Magdy, Fox News, "Egypt razes historical Cairo district, angering residents," 15 Aug. 2018 His new government courted Cosep, which had fiercely opposed the Sandinistas, telling the group expropriations were a thing of the past. John Otis, WSJ, "Nicaraguan Leader’s Former Pro-Business Allies Want Him Out," 10 July 2018 Its corporate and libel lawyers, private schools and estate agents were happy to serve Russians who used the country’s financial and legal infrastructure to raise capital, hide it or hedge it against the risk of expropriation at home. The Economist, "Roman Abramovich’s visa woes signal a shift in British policy on Russia," 24 May 2018 This was not an act of pure expropriation — the UFC had robbed the Guatemalan government of tax revenue, by vastly understating the value of its holdings. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "We Owe Central American Migrants Much More Than This," 21 June 2018 Mandating extensive data-sharing would amount to expropriation. The Economist, "The art of the possibleThere is no single solution to making the internet more decentralised," 28 June 2018 Lopez Obrador promises there will be no expropriations or nationalizations, and says reviews of contracts under the energy reform would seek only to guarantee they were not won through corruption. Fox News, "In Mexico, longtime foes 'AMLO' and elite getting pragmatic," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of expropriation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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