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body corporate

noun Law.
  1. a person, association, or group of persons legally incorporated; corporation.
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Origin of body corporate

First recorded in 1490–1500
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Examples from the Web for body corporate

Historical Examples of body corporate

  • The harengres, or fish-women at Paris, form a sort of body-corporate.

    Joe Miller's Jests, With Copious Additions


  • This locker was big enough to admit the body-corporate of the skipper.

  • This society is a body-corporate for the practice of physic within London, and several miles about it.

    London in 1731

    Don Manoel Gonzales

British Dictionary definitions for body corporate

body corporate

  1. law a group of persons incorporated to carry out a specific enterpriseSee corporation (def. 1)
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