from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The power of a government to take private property for public use without the owner's consent, provided just compensation is given.
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- noun US The right of a
governmentover the lands within its jurisdiction. Usually invokedto compel land owners to sell their property in preparation for a major construction project such as a freeway.
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- noun the right of the state to take private property for public use; the Fifth Amendment that was added to the Constitution of the United States requires that just compensation be made
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