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 Their purpose is to protect investors against discrimination and expropriation (disputes between companies are handled separately). The Economist, "Why the European Union should not ditch bilateral investment treaties," 6 June 2019 K-Sue Park similarly argues that the practice of foreclosure has its origins in the expropriation of indigenous lands in the early colonial period of North America. Will Meyer, Longreads, "Fire Sale: Finance and Fascism in the Amazon Rainforest," 4 Oct. 2019 Some fear the worst, with hyperinflation and the expropriation of savings. The Economist, "Argentina’s difficult road to redemption," 3 Oct. 2019 Moti said, adding that there is now more comfort around the safety of assets in Zimbabwe, with insurance companies reducing their fees as fears over expropriation ease. Loni Prinsloo, Bloomberg.com, "Moti Doubles Zimbabwe Investments as Economy Seen Opening Up," 19 Mar. 2018 Possible expropriation of land was raised at a national land conference recently. Quartz Africa, "Even after acknowledging the Namibia genocide of WWI, Germany still hasn’t learned the key lesson," 10 Aug. 2019 The extremism of expropriation was, some supporters argued, the only way to force the government to get serious. Elisabeth Zerofsky, The New Yorker, "The Causes and Consequences of Berlin’s Rapid Gentrification," 12 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of expropriation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Expropriation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expropriation?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=exprop03. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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