Eminent Domain Definition

noun
The right of a government to take, or to authorize the taking of, private property for public use, just compensation being given to the owner.
Webster's New World
The government’s right, upon the payment of fair compensation, to seize privately held land for a public purpose, such as the widening of a highway, or the construction of a public building; the act of exercising such a right.
Webster's New World Law
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