domain – an estate in land by one who has paramount title and unqualified ownership , or the land itself rather than the ownership and control thereof

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(15c) n.

1. The territory over which a sovereignty is exercised <the 19th-century domains of the British Empire>.

2. An estate in land <the family domain is more than 6,000 acres>.

3. The complete and absolute ownership of land <his domain over this land has now been settled>.

1. The land of one who has paramount title and absolute ownership. People v Sherer, 30 Cal 645, 658.
     See demesne; public domain. [2]

1. Absolute ownership and control of land.  USAGE: “This farm is my domain.”

2. Real property of which one has absolute ownership and control. USAGE: “I have domain over this farm.”  Land owned by the government is public domain . <USAGE: “All national parks are in the public domain.“)  So are literary and artistic works on which the copyright has expired or which are not subject to copyright. [3]

Related Terms:

eminent domain – the power of a government to authorize the taking of private property for a public use or public purpose without the owner’s consent, conditioned upon the payment of a just compensation.

public domain – government-owned land, or a composition, devise, or process so well known and in such common use, or explicitly dedicated, so as not to be patentable.


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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