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English definition of “compulsory purchase order”

compulsory purchase order

noun [C]     UK ( abbreviation CPO, US eminent domain order)
LAW, PROPERTY a decision made in a court of law giving a government organization , etc. the right to buy private property if it needs the land to build something that will be of use to the public , such as a new road : After the compulsory purchase order for a road or motorway has been granted , notice of the order is published by the Local Authority .
(Definition of compulsory purchase order noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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