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Eminent domain

property private

Eminent domain, in the United States, government's inherent right to take private property for public use without the owner's consent. This right is often invoked to acquire land for highways, utilities, and harbors. Municipalities may also “condemn” property to build schools and hospitals, clear slums, or create parks. The 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees “just compensation” to the private owner.

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