Compulsory seizure or surrender of private party for the state's purposes, with little or no compensation to the property's owner. Governments or their agencies can effect an expropriation by making changes in legal code, tax code, or regulations such as zoning. See also eminent domain.

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  • Tom loved his vintage Corvette, so he was devastated when it was seized as part of the government's expropriation of his property following the drug smuggling indictment.

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  • I was worried about my grandma because of the expropriation policy that the state had, that might require her to give up her house.

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  • If the government decides they want to use expropriation to take away your property there is really nothing you can do.

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