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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The right of a government to appropriate private property for public use, usually with compensation to the owner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The right of a government over the lands within its jurisdiction. Usually invoked to compel land owners to sell their property in preparation for a major construction project such as a freeway.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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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