Definition of compulsory purchase in English:

compulsory purchase

Line breaks: com|pul¦sory pur|chase


[mass noun] British
  • The officially enforced purchase of privately owned land or property for public use: [as modifier]: the City Council has applied for a compulsory purchase order
    More example sentences
    • Ultimately, however, in cases of outright conflict between the company and property owners compulsory purchase was enforced.
    • The Council resolution authorised the purchase of affected properties by agreement in advance of any compulsory purchase order.
    • The moves will include an agreement to approve road closures where necessary and compulsory purchase orders on land and buildings.

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