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Medieval Latin expropriatus[1]

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expropriate (third-person singular simple present expropriates, present participle expropriating, simple past and past participle expropriated)

  1. (transitive) To deprive a person of (their private property) for public use.
    Coordinate term: nationalize
    • 2014, Guiguo Wang, International Investment Law: A Chinese Perspective, Routledge (→ISBN), page 440:
      States have the right to nationalize or expropriate the assets of a transnational corporation operating in their territory. Investments of foreign investors shall not be nationalized or expropriated except for a purpose in the public interest; []

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