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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Joseph Morrow Park High School in Toronto will illustrate the various adverse effects that will likely occur when individual homes are expropriated for the building and/or expanding of school buildings for educational purposes.
The State, Land and Real Estate Authority is the governmental body that expropriated Faraj's land.
The development planned residential neighborhoods and an industrial zone with more land expropriated than needed for future use and to make Ma'ale Adummim a Jerusalem suburb.
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation had set out information packets about its political insurance policies, aimed at those firms worried about having their assets expropriated by the future Iraqi government.
THE BBC is to pay "substantial" libel damages to the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda over news items suggesting he had expropriated enormous sums of money from his country's health care funds.
The air force expropriated 62,000 hectares of land and beaches on the thinly populated peninsula two degrees south of the equator, the planet's line of maximum surface speed, so rockets could launch with less fuel.
On the other side of town, in Issawiya, an additional twenty-five dunams have recently been expropriated. In this case, the land was taken from the resident in order to build a military base.
His father, Elias Khoury, is a well-known lawyer who had mounted legal challenges on behalf of Palestinians, claiming their land had been expropriated for Jewish settlements.
She is expropriated and expelled, with nothing but the "coarse clothes" that she begs him to let her take (pp.
Israel, nonetheless, has built more than 20,000 housing units on expropriated Palestinian land since former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin signed the Oslo Accords, not counting the construction of new Jewish neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem.
Kofi Annan dated June 4 and released today, the Saudi Ambassador to the UN Fawzi Bin Abdel Majeed Shobokshi says Riyadh has expropriated Iraq's 1.65m b/d crude oil pipeline which passes through Saudi territory to the Red Sea.