Condemn Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Condemn.

Condemn (verb)

  1. In law, to officially declare a building or structure as unfit for use or habitation due to safety risks, often due to construction issues. The government exercises this authority to ensure public safety.

  2. The act of government or legal authority in legally taking private property for public use, often in exchange for fair compensation. This is part of the 'right of eminent domain'.

  3. In criminal law, to officially find someone guilty of a crime and impose a sentence, typically involving prison.