eminent domain

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Noun[edit]

eminent domain (uncountable)

  1. (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.
  2. (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.

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  1. compulsory purchase (UK, Ireland, New Zealand), compulsory acquisition (Australia), expropriation (Canada, South Africa)
  2. superiority (Scots law)

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