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- (law, US) The right of a government over the private property within its jurisdiction. Usually invoked to compel land owners to sell their property in preparation for a major construction project such as a freeway.
- The city council used eminent domain to make me sell my store.
- (historical) In feudalism, the legal interest or rights of a lord or superior in an estate in land held in fee, as opposed to the vassal's or tenant's interest.
- compulsory purchase (UK, Ireland, New Zealand), compulsory acquisition (Australia), expropriation (Canada, South Africa)
- superiority (Scots law)
government's right to expropriate private land