Right of eminent domain
Eminent Em"i*nent, a. [L. eminens, -entis, p. pr. of eminere to stand out, be prominent; e out + minere (in comp.) to project; of uncertain origin: cf. F. ['e]minent. Cf. {Menace}.] 1. High; lofty; towering; prominent. ``A very eminent promontory.'' --Evelyn [1913 Webster]

2. Being, metaphorically, above others, whether by birth, high station, merit, or virtue; high in public estimation; distinguished; conspicuous; as, an eminent station; an eminent historian, statements, statesman, or saint. [1913 Webster]

{Right of eminent domain}. (Law) See under {Domain}.

Syn: Lofty; elevated; exalted; conspicuous; prominent; remarkable; distinguished; illustrious; famous; celebrated; renowned; well-known. See {Distinguished}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • right of eminent domain — See eminent domain …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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  • eminent domain — /emanant dameyn/ The power to take private property for public use by the state, municipalities, and private persons or corporations authorized to exercise functions of public character. Housing Authority of Cherokee National of Oklahoma v.… …   Black's law dictionary

  • eminent domain — /emanant dameyn/ The power to take private property for public use by the state, municipalities, and private persons or corporations authorized to exercise functions of public character. Housing Authority of Cherokee National of Oklahoma v.… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Eminent domain — (United States), compulsory purchase (United Kingdom, New Zealand, Ireland), resumption/compulsory acquisition (Australia), or expropriation (South Africa and Canada) is an action of the state to seize a citizen s private property, expropriate… …   Wikipedia

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  • eminent domain — ☆ eminent domain n. 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 …   English World dictionary

  • eminent domain — eminent do main n [U] law the right of the US government to take private land for public use …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • eminent domain — right of a government to appropriate private property for public use …   English contemporary dictionary

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