Meaning of “the body politic” in the English Dictionary

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"the body politic" in British English

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the body politicnoun [ S ]

uk /ˌbɒd.i ˈpɒl.ɪ.tɪk/ us /ˌbɑː.di ˈpɑː.lə.tɪk/ formal

Examples from literature

  • All the individual members of the body politic will thus live comfortably and well. 
  • He pronounced prejudice—whether religious, racial, patriotic, political—the destroyer of the body politic. 
  • The body politic of Russia contains about six millions of gifted and undoubtedly industrious Jews. 
  • The bonds which hold together the body politic are not sufficient. 
  • When, therefore, women entered formally into the body politic of these United States, they entered into a place of power already familiar to them in many of its activities. 

(Definition of “the body politic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)