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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“Physical taking.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/physical%20taking. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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