physical taking

noun
phys·i·cal taking

Legal Definition of physical taking 

: a physical invasion or occupation of private property rights by a governmental action (as building a road) that exercises the right of eminent domain and for which just compensation must be given argued that requiring the easement constituted a physical taking — compare regulatory taking

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