- A legal process where a government body claims private property for public use, such as building highways or schools, or for redevelopment. This process includes stating a public need, proposing to buy, and possibly a court suit if no agreement is reached. The government can take the property once they deposit money in court equal to their property valuation
- The city's new public library was built on land obtained through condemnation.
- The property owned by the farmer was subject to condemnation for the construction of a highway.
- Eminent domain allowed the local government condemnation of the old mill to make way for a public park.