- the administration of the civic affairs of a city, town, or district by its inhabitants rather than by the state or country at large.
- the governing body of a town or district.
Origin of local government
First recorded in 1835–45
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- government of the affairs of counties, towns, etc, by locally elected political bodies
- the US equivalent of local authority
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