ex·​pro·​pri·​a·​tion | \ (ˌ)ek-ˌsprō-prē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce expropriation (audio) \

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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The windfall temporarily masked the economic devastation caused by his version of socialism—a toxic mix of expropriations, subsidies, and currency and price controls. Peter Millard, Bloomberg.com, "A Timeline of Venezuela’s Economic Rise and Fall," 16 Feb. 2019 Starvation began in 1932 following the violent expropriation of everything edible. Alexandra Popoff, WSJ, "Five Best: Alexandra Popoff on Russia and the Soviet Union," 9 May 2019 American investors became dispensable, and thus vulnerable to expropriation. Jesse M. Fried And Matthew Schoenfeld, WSJ, "Will China Cheat American Investors?," 13 Dec. 2018 Photo: Arthur Bondar for The Wall Street Journal To obtain private funds for the investment program, Mr. Putin has traded the expropriations of the early 2000s for carrots such as tax breaks, preferential loans and concession rights. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "U.S. Sanctions Bring Kremlin, Russian Oligarchs Closer Together," 29 Nov. 2018 Members of the armed forces seized the utility on Feb. 16, before the government announced on state television that the expropriation was necessary because of the company’s allegedly poor services. Bloomberg.com, "Veolia Seeks Gabon Arbitration as Russia, China Close In," 9 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of expropriation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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an act or instance of editing or removing

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