Definition of eminent domain in English:

eminent domain


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

    • ‘Lloyd's article has plenty of history about eminent domain, and how private developers are increasingly using it to get a hold of land they want.’
    • ‘After years of rubber-stamping, courts are beginning to cut back on the use of eminent domain for private parties.’
    • ‘State officials had asked municipalities to hold off on property seizures until the legislature considers changing the state's eminent domain laws.’
    • ‘Without eminent domain, acquiring enough property for a stadium could become expensive.’
    • ‘Federal agencies would be granted the power of eminent domain to speed the building of more power transmission lines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At least since the 1980s, many states have tended to interpret the government's eminent domain power extremely broadly.’
    • ‘He is sponsoring legislation to restrict municipalities' rights to take property by eminent domain.’
    • ‘The Kelo decision permitted the use of eminent domain for private development projects and has touched off a firestorm of protest throughout the country.’
    • ‘He says six states have upheld the use of eminent domain for private business development, while nine forbid it.’