Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    To condemn for public use.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    This word properly denotes a voluntary surrender of rights or claims; the act of divesting oneself of that which was previously claimed as one's own or renouncing it. In this sense it is the opposite of "appropriation." But a meaning has been attached to the term, imported from its use in foreign jurlsprudence, which makes it synonymous with the exercise of the power of eminent domain, i. e., the compulsory taking from a person, on compensation made, of his private property for the use of a railroad, canal or other public work. In French law. Expropriation is the compulsory realization of a debt by the creditor out of the lands of his debtor, or the usufruct thereof. When the debtor is cotenant with others, it is necessary that a partition should first be made. It ls confined, in the first place, to the lands (if any) that are in hypotMque, but' afterwards extends to the lands not in hypotMque. Moreover, the debt must be of a liquidated amount. Brown.