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

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 By the 1970s, Africville was destroyed, and families were forced from their homes through bribery, intimidation and, in some cases, expropriation. Natalie Preddie, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 Presumably, in their view, the Western alliance’s unilateral expropriation of Russia’s sovereign wealth did not count as breach of contract. Tilak Doshi, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Political-risk insurance pays customers for losses caused by government actions including war, expropriation and forced sales of assets. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2022 Political-risk insurance protects policyholders against sundry risks ranging from expropriation of assets to civil unrest. Elisabeth Braw, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 Its Russian assets are now at risk of expropriation by President Vladimir Putin’s government. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2022 His arguments, of course, served as a pretext for the violent expropriation of American Indian land and the unyielding commodification of it that followed. Natalie Shure, The New Republic, 8 Feb. 2022 The drivers sat helplessly in their cabs, watching the expropriation. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, 31 Jan. 2022 In some cases, authorities say the buildings were illegally constructed or face expropriation orders. Andrew Carey, Abeer Salman And Kareem Khadder, CNN, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of expropriation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jun 2022

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“Expropriation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expropriation. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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