Definition of eminent domain noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


eminent domain

; NAmE
[uncountable] (North American English, law)
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the right to force somebody to sell land or a building if it is needed by the government Culture The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution states that 'just compensation' (= fair payment) must be given to the owner when this happens. Eminent domain is used, for example, when houses must be destroyed to build a new motorway/​freeway.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: eminent domain