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Government. A town incorporated by that name. Originally, this word did not signify a town, but a portion of mankind who lived under the same government: what the Romans called civitas, and, the Greeks polis; whence the word politeia, civitas seu reipublicae status et administratio.


 - n. pl. Cities. A large town. A corporate town; in the United States, a town or collective body of inhabitants, incorporated and governed by a mayor and aldermen or a city council consisting of a board of aldermen and a common council; in Great Britain, a town corporate, which is or has been the seat of a bishop, or the capital of his see. A municipal corporation of the largest and highest class, usually under a government in three branches, one the executive, headed by a mayor, the second a legislative body called a council or board of aldermen, and a third called the municipal court or city court, operating under a charter which gives it at least a measure of home rule, sometimes almost complete home rule, such organization having been altered in some instances under constitutional provision or statute to provide a city manager or commission form of ...

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