Definition of eminent domain in English:

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eminent domain


The right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation.
Example sentences
  • He is sponsoring legislation to restrict municipalities' rights to take property by eminent domain.
  • In the personal property aspect, there was a recent court opinion that said that the government could by eminent domain take property from citizens for public use.
  • The Kelo decision permitted the use of eminent domain for private development projects and has touched off a firestorm of protest throughout the country.

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Syllabification: em·i·nent do·main

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