American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The people of a politically organized nation or state considered as a group.
- n. The collective body of a nation or state as politically organized, or as exercising political functions.
- n. archaic A corporation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. the collective body of a nation or state as politically organized, or as exercising political functions; also, a corporation.
- n. a politically organized body of people under a single government
“In other words they have stood well up to the standard in the body politic and in many ways have exercised over their surroundings an influence for the general good of the community such as to fully justify, at least so far as it refers to them, the statement made by Vice-President Fairbanks, that in the American”
“Simon Turner, Samuel High, Joseph Gales, John Marshall, William Boylan, and Henry Seawell, Esquires, shall be and they are hereby declared to be a body politic and corporate, to be known and distinguished by the name of "The Trustees of Raleigh Academy.”
“Watching Petraeus’s BUA, or Battlefield Update Assessment, held every morning at “Camp Victory” in Baghdad, was to see a master at work, cajoling and cheerleading his commanders across the country via video link as they reported on every variable of the Iraqi body politic from the grandest of political issues to the minutest of water projects.”
“And we, the body politic of thy subjects, acknowledge in thee, O King, all the attributes of kingship I have noted, even as it is said, ‘The best of things is that the King of a people be just and equitable, their physician skilful and their teacher experience-full, acting according to his knowledge.’”
“During the Consulate the Council of State was not only a body politic collectively, but each individual member might be invested with special power; as, for example, when the First Consul sent Councillors of State on missions to each of the military divisions where there was a Court of Appeal, the instructions given them by the First Consul were extensive, and might be said to be unlimited.”
“The board of public instruction shall be a body politic in law; shall have a common seal and perpetual succession; shall by the name and style of "The Board of Public Instruction," be capable of suing and being sued, pleading and being impleaded; and shall have and enjoy all the rights and privileges of a corporation.”
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