body politic


: a group of persons politically organized under a single governmental authority
: a people considered as a collective unit

Examples of body politic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even worse, Grant warned, the literal body politic of the United States was now being threatened by race defilement, especially given the influx of new arrivals from southern and eastern Europe since the 1890s. Charles King, Foreign Affairs, 24 Oct. 2023 The Senate was designed to moderate the U.S. body politic. Brian McGuire, National Review, 5 Mar. 2024 The 9/11 attacks and the wars that followed fundamentally rearranged the American national-security apparatus, destabilized the Middle East, and left lasting scars on the American body politic. Keith Gessen, The New Yorker, 13 Apr. 2024 The bill would convert the nonprofit into an independent body politic, similar to the Idaho Housing and Finance Association. Ian Max Stevenson, Idaho Statesman, 26 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for body politic 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of body politic was in the 15th century

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“Body politic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

body politic

body pol·​i·​tic
plural bodies politic
: a group of individuals organized under a single governmental authority
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