Definition of EMINENT DOMAIN


EMINENT DOMAIN

The right which people or government retain over the
estates of individuals, to resume the same for public use.

2. It belongs to the legislature to decide what improvements are of
sufficient importance to justify the exercise of the right of eminent
domain. See 2 Hill. Ab. 568 1 U. S. Dig. 560, 1 Am. Eq. Dig. 312 3 Toull.
n. 30 p. 23, Ersk. hist. B. 2) tit. 1, s. 2, Grotius, h. t. See Dominium.


Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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