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Eminent Domain, Takings, and Condemnation

January 10, 2023

Eminent domain is the power of the sovereign to take private property for public use without the owner's consent. Eminent domain, takings, and condemnation are often used interchangeably, although the three terms are not actually synonymous; eminent domain refers to the power to take property, while condemnation and taking refer to the legal process by which property is taken. Learn more about the necessary steps of these three concepts, from early review and analysis, through the final judgment of condemnation.

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