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Fifth Amendment

Definition

An amendment added to the U.S. Constitution as part of the Bill of Rights that provides important protections from government actions, including a guarantee that no person will be required to answer for a capital crime unless first indicted by a grand jury; no one will suffer double jeopardy; no one must testify against himself or herself; no one will be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; and no property will be taken for public use without just compensation.

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