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

     This page is continued from Property >>>> Ownership >>>> Related Terms:


(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.


Disclaimer: All material throughout this website is compiled in accordance with Fair Use.

[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.


Back to Title

Back to Ownership

Back to Property

Home Page

Like this website?

Offer a contribution to Wild Willpower PAC


Disclaimer: Wild Willpower PAC does not condone the actions of Maximilian Robespierre, however the above quote is excellent!

This website is being broadcast for First Amendment purposes courtesy of

Question(s)?  Suggestion(s)?
We look forward to hearing from you!