Definition of eminent domain in English:

eminent domain

Syllabification: em·i·nent do·main


  • The right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation.
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    • 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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