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
Recent Examples on the Web Adolfo Solis, a lawyer for members of the club, said the expropriation would set a dangerous precedent. Wendy Fry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 May 2021 Putting expropriation on the table as a policy tool, demanding eminent domain to ensure a permanent right to stay put, the tenants of Hillside Villa have refused to become affordable housing’s collateral damage. Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, The New Republic, 2 Apr. 2021 The villagers were shocked to discover that Erdogan had signed a decree ordering the expropriation of their lands just days before the diggers arrived. BostonGlobe.com, 29 May 2021 Business leaders have expressed concern that the expropriation decree will deter private investment and hurt the state’s ability to grow its manufacturing industry. Wendy Fry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 May 2021 The million or so arms eliminated by Australia’s expropriation were between a third to half of those then in circulation. Varad Mehta, Washington Examiner, 15 Apr. 2021 But this is no more surprising, or worth respecting, than were slaveholder complaints about ‘expropriation’ by Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Robert Hockett, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 Her research also shows that later, as governor of Šiauliai County, Noreika signed about 100 documents related to the Holocaust — among them orders that led to the establishment of a Jewish ghetto and the expropriation of Jewish property. NBC News, 4 Apr. 2021 Situating their struggle within a long arc of dispossession in Los Angeles, the tenants of Hillside Villa are demanding the city turn its powers of expropriation, so often used against poor communities of color, to protect them. Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, The New Republic, 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of expropriation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jun 2021

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“Expropriation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expropriation. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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