The people of a politically organized nation or state considered as a group.(noun)
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Use "body politic" in a sentence
"Simon Turner, Samuel High, Joseph Gales, John Marshall, William Boylan, and Henry Seawell, Esquires, shall be and they are hereby declared to be a body politic and corporate, to be known and distinguished by the name of "The Trustees of Raleigh Academy.""
"During the Consulate the Council of State was not only a body politic collectively, but each individual member might be invested with special power; as, for example, when the First Consul sent Councillors of State on missions to each of the military divisions where there was a Court of Appeal, the instructions given them by the First Consul were extensive, and might be said to be unlimited."
"The board of public instruction shall be a body politic in law; shall have a common seal and perpetual succession; shall by the name and style of "The Board of Public Instruction," be capable of suing and being sued, pleading and being impleaded; and shall have and enjoy all the rights and privileges of a corporation."