takings clause

noun, often capitalized T&C

Legal Definition of takings clause

: a clause in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution stating that private property cannot be taken for public use without just compensation

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“Takings clause.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/takings%20clause. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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