body politic

noun
Updated on: 9 May 2018

Definition of body politic

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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First Known Use of body politic

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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body politic

noun body pol·i·tic \ -ˈpä-lə-tik \

legal Definition of body politic

plural bodies politic
: a group of individuals organized under a single governmental authority

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