English version

eminent domain

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Law
eminent domainˌeminent doˈmain noun [uncountable] 🔊 🔊 lawSCL the right of the US government to take private land for public use
Examples from the Corpus
eminent domainThe power company is taking part of his land by eminent domain.Boston even let one community organization take over abandoned buildings and lots through eminent domain.When Physioc refused to sell his property, the government condemned it and set about to take it under eminent domain laws.The City bought the property under eminent domain proceedings after a protracted battle with the owner.
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