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To have the exclusive right to use and abuse property within the limits of the law. For example, if one owns land, the owner may use it to build a house, start a farm or dump toxic waste, subject to zoning, environmental and other applicable laws. The ability of an individual to own something is the foundation of the free market system.
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It may still be on the cutting edge, but without a doubt, the oral history is rapidly coming into its own.
Gooseberries (Ribes grossularia) GOOSEBERRIES are among the old-fashioned classics, their tart flavour coming into its own in pies, fools and sauces.
In seeking to validate the actuality of these two dominant types, Demos investigates diaries and autobiographies, the latter literary form coming into its own between 1780 and 1830.
"This area is really coming into its own," said Neil Dolgin, executive vice president of Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates.
"The big picture for New Rochelle is that it is coming into its own as an outstanding commuter community," said Prudential Douglas Elliman's Managing Director, Andy Gerringer.