expropriation

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noun 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

Examples of expropriation in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of expropriation

15th century



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