municipality

noun
mu·​nic·​i·​pal·​i·​ty | \ myu̇-ˌni-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē How to pronounce municipality (audio) \
plural municipalities

Definition of municipality

1 : a primarily urban political unit having corporate (see corporate sense 1a) status and usually powers of self-government Elections were held in the municipality.
2 : the governing body of a municipality The municipality approved the budget for the year.

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Examples of municipality in a Sentence

laws that have been enacted by many states and municipalities a municipality with an excellent police department

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Stricken by postindustrial decline and the 2008 financial crisis, its municipalities turned to their police departments and courts to make up for shortfalls in revenue. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "Digital Jail: How Electronic Monitoring Drives Defendants Into Debt," 3 July 2019 Local leaders in its 26 cantons, or subdivisions, and community leaders in its more than 2,000 municipalities make many of the policy decisions. Raghuram Rajan For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "We can't rely on national governments to save failing communities. It's time for a new approach," 18 June 2019 Bear Priest, clerk of Richland Township, said his municipality is required to allow the mining in certain areas, despite strong public opposition. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Emails show MDOT let lobbyist steer report on gravel shortage for Michigan roads," 6 June 2019 Financing has not been finalized, but is expected to come from the various municipalities or organizations leading different projects. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "The future of the White River is in your hands. Here's what you need to know.," 4 June 2019 No other municipalities in the county were affected, officials said. Vinny Vella, https://www.inquirer.com, "Voting-machine glitch hid true, landslide victory for Hatboro library, officials say," 4 June 2019 Limit an array of local powers, such as banning municipalities from requiring landlords to distribute voter registration information to new tenants and from imposing a moratorium on evictions. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "12 ways Wisconsin lawmakers dramatically rewrote rental laws to favor landlords over tenants," 14 June 2019 Oak Forest city officials approved a measure Tuesday that enables the city’s fire department to assist and receive help from fire departments in surrounding municipalities. Gregory Tejeda, Daily Southtown, "New automatic aid deal will make Oak Forest area fire departments 'a more efficient unit,' officials say," 13 June 2019 Researchers reported municipalities with red-light camera systems in place reported the number of angle crashes dropped 19%, but the number of rear-end crashes increased by 14%. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Humble officials wary of removing red-light cams after new state law," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of municipality

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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municipality

noun

English Language Learners Definition of municipality

: a city or town that has its own government to deal with local problems also, chiefly British : the group of people who run such a government

municipality

noun
mu·​nic·​i·​pal·​i·​ty | \ myu̇-ˌni-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē How to pronounce municipality (audio) \
plural municipalities

Kids Definition of municipality

: a town or city having its own local government

municipality

noun
mu·​nic·​i·​pal·​i·​ty | \ myu̇-ˌni-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē How to pronounce municipality (audio) \
plural municipalities

Legal Definition of municipality

: a primarily urban municipal corporation also : the governing body of a municipality

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