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I think you may be referring to "compelled testimony", but the "privilege against self-incrimination" is a misnomer and an incorrectly defined and incorrectly expressed concept.

Amendment V to the U.S. Constitution confers a broadly-defined and broadly-conferred right to remain silent. It is not an absolute right, but where it exists in the law it is a fundamental right, and it is assured by the United States Constitution as a matter of both U.S. and State citizenship.

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