Eminent Domain

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Eminent Domain

The right of a government to force the sale of real estate by a private individual or corporation in certain cases. For example, if a municipality is building a road, it may exercise eminent domain to purchase the land along which the road is going to run. While the private owners are paid for these purchases, they may not refuse to sell. The term is most common in the United States. The concept is called compulsory purchase in the United Kingdom and compulsory acquisition in Australia.

eminent domain

The power of government to take land for the public good with the payment of just compensation.See condemnation.

Eminent Domain

The right of a government authority to take private property for public use and paying fair compensation to the owner.
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And here taking out what he said he had brought, the pair made their repast peaceably and sociably.
Motioning her to follow, Tarzan walked toward the trees at the edge of the arena, and taking her in one strong arm swung to the branches above.
The girl knew that he was taking her back to her people, and she could not understand the sudden feeling of loneliness and sorrow which crept over her.
There is no fear of my taking any sentiment with me.
It was a band of voters coming to the rescue of their allies, and taking the Camerfield forces in flank.
And then he seemed to discern in her something that was familiar, something which carried him back into a joyous and unforeseeing past, before the necessity of taking thought had made the heavens gray.
The latter, after taking into account the weight of the new passenger, had been lightened of one hundred and eighty pounds, and therefore kept aloft without the aid of the cylinder.
Anatole turned to the Englishman and taking him by one of the buttons of his coat and looking down at him- the Englishman was short- began repeating the terms of the wager to him in English.
One of the footmen who had stooped to pick up some broken glass remained in that position without taking his eyes from the window and from Dolokhov's back.
Silent Peter, taking his leave for the night, developed into speech.
Takings doctrine, we are constantly reminded, is unclear to the point of incoherence.
DETERMINING WHETHER A JUDICIAL TAKINGS CLAIM IS VIABLE