1. A group of people regarded in a political (rather than private) sense and organized under a common governmental authority. 
1. A term applied to a corporation, which is usually designated as a “body corporate and politic.” The term is particularly appropriate to a public corporation invested with powers and duties of government. It is often used, in a rather loose way, to designate the state or nation or sovereign power, or the government of a county or municipality, without distinctly connoting any express and individual corporate character. Munn v. Illinois, 94 U. S. 124, 24 L. Ed. 77; Coyle v. Mclntire, 7 Houst. (Del.) 44, 30 Atl. 728, 40 Am. St. Itep. 109; Warner v. Beers, 23 Wend. (N. Y.) 122; People v. Morris, 13 Wend. (N. Y.) 334. 
1. All of the citizens who make up a governmental unit, such as a school district, village, township, town, borough, city, county, state, or country. 
1. A social compact by which the whole people covenants with each citizen, and each citizen with the whole people, that all shall be governed by laws for the common good. Munn v Illinois, 94 US 113, 124, 24 L Ed 77, 84. 
body politic and corporate:
1. The government of certain political subdivisions, including towns, cities, and counties. See body corporate; body politic. See also municipal corporation. 
1. A term often applied to a municipal corporation. A county is such a body. Waterbury v Board of Comrs. 10 Mont 515, 26 P 1002. 
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