/kondamneyshan/ Process of taking private property for public use through the power of eminent domain. "Just compensation" must be paid to owner for taking of such (5th Amend., U.S. Constitution).
Admiralty law. The judgment or sentence of a court having jurisdiction and acting in rem, by which:
(1) it is declared that a vessel which has been captured at sea as a prize was lawfully so seized and is liable to be treated as prize; or
(2) that property which has been seized for an alleged violation of the revenue laws, neutrality laws, navigation laws, etc., was lawfully so seized, and is, for such cause, forfeited to the government; or
(3) that the vessel which is the subject of inquiry is unfit and unsafe for navigation
Civil law
A sentence or judgment which condemns some one to do, to give, or to pay something, or which declares that his claim or pretensions are unfounded. State v. Harr, 24 Tenn.App. 298, 143 S.W.2d 893, 895.

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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