body politic

body politic
noun Date: 15th century 1. a group of persons politically organized under a single governmental authority 2. archaic corporation 2 3. a people considered as a collective unit

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  • body politic — body pol·i·tic / pä lə tik/ n pl bod·ies politic: a group of individuals organized under a single governmental authority Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. body politic …   Law dictionary

  • body politic — A group of people organised under a single government or authority (national or regional) is a body politic …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • body politic — n [singular] formal all the people in a nation forming a state under the control of a single government …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • body politic — ► NOUN ▪ the people of a nation or society considered as an organized group of citizens …   English terms dictionary

  • body politic — n. the people who collectively constitute a political unit under a government …   English World dictionary

  • body politic — noun a politically organized body of people under a single government the state has elected a new president African nations students who had come to the nation s capitol the country s largest manufacturer an industrialized land • Syn: ↑state, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • body politic — N SING: usu the N The body politic is all the people of a nation when they are considered as a complete political group. [FORMAL] Unfortunately, this sense of internationalism has yet to spread through the body politic. Syn: state …   English dictionary

  • body politic —    A group of people organised under a single government or authority (national or regional) is a body politic.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • body politic — Political Science. a people regarded as a political body under an organized government. [1425 75; late ME bodi politik] * * * …   Universalium

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