Eminent-domain meaning

The power of a government to take private property for public use without the owner's consent, provided just compensation is given.
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(law) 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.
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The right of a government to seize private property for what it deems the public good. The government must fairly compensate the property owner for the property. Eminent domain often is invoked when government officials want to construct roads, although it can be invoked for other uses as well.
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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.
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(US) The right of a government over the lands 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.

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