EXPROPRIA’TION, n. The act of discarding appropriation,
or declining to hold as one’s own; surrender of a claim to exclusive property.
American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster 1828, Vol. I, page 78.
EXPROPRIATION. A taking of private property for public use upon
providing compensation. Brownsville v. Pavazos, 2 Woods 293, Fed. Cas.
No. 2,043. It corresponds to the right of eminent domain in our law. In
Louisiana expropriation is used in taking under eminent domain in most
of the other states. In England “compulsory purchase” is used; Halsbury,
Laws of England.
In French Law. The compulsory realization of a debt by creditor out of the lands of a debtor, or the usufruct thereof; confined first to lands (if any) in hypotheque, and then extending to others. Black, L. Dict.
Bouvier’s Law Dictionary, Third Revision (8th Edition)(1914), Volume I., page 1164.
The taking of private property for public use under the right of eminent
domain. Wharton defines the word as the surrender of a claim to exclusive
Law Dictionary, James A. Ballentine, Second Edition, 1948, page 474.
EXPROPRIATION. This word primarily denotes a voluntary surrender
of right or claims; the act of divesting oneself of the which was previously
claimed one’s own, or renouncing it. In this sense it is the opposite of
A meaning had been attached to the term, imported from its use in foreign jurisprudence, which make 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 works. Brownsville v. Pavazos, 2 Woods 293, Fed. Cas. No. 2,043. It corresponds to the right of eminent domain in our law. In Louisiana expropriation is used in taking under eminent domain in most of the other states. In England “compulsory purchase” is used; Halsbury, Laws of England.
In French Law.
vt.-at’|ed, -at’ing [[< ML expropiatus, pp. of
expropriare, to deprive of one’s own < L ex-, out + propruis,
one’s own]] 1 to take (lands, property, etc.) from its owner; esp.,
to take for public use or in the public interest, as by right of eminent
domain 2 to transfer (property) from another to oneself 3
to deprive of ownership; dispossess –ex-pro’pri|a’tion n. –
Webster’s New World Dictionary, 3rd College Ed. (1988), page 480.