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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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 There will be no confiscation or expropriation of assets. Time, "Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Claims Historic Win in Mexico Elections," 2 July 2018 The complaint says that because Pemex is a government entity, its actions violate Nafta rules guaranteeing equal treatment for Mexican and U.S. investors and prohibiting the expropriation of assets by the state. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Battle Over Oil Driller Tests Mexico’s Pledge to Level Playing Field for Energy Firms," 6 Apr. 2018 Reactionary business sectors incited fears of expropriation and capital flight. Steven Cohen, The New Republic, "Why Colombia Keeps Electing Presidents Tied to Murderers," 18 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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