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the body politic

The inhabitants of a nation taken together as a political entity. How do you think the body politic will vote in this election?
See also: body, politic

body politic

the people of a country or state considered as a political unit. The body politic was unable to select between the candidates.
See also: body, politic
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A Body Politic to Govern: The Political Humanism of Elizabeth I.
Coming months will reveal whether the court believes free speech does a body politic good.
We can as a body politic support those economic sanctions and international controls that have helped reduce violence related to specific commodity flows already.
By the early sixteenth century, "common weal" had come to mean "the general well-being" as well as identifying the whole community, rulers and ruled, living together in peace and order as a body politic (7).
Can elections really create a body politic or must that come first?
s book invites its readers to act in the drama by creating a body politic consistent with Julian's inspiration.
Indeed, Reinisch maintains, the poll shows that the United States is a country of "sexual illiterates," with a body politic dangerously burdened with carnal misinformation.
In The Prince he speaks of a political body whose humors are unbalanced and needs severe medical treatment; in the Discorsi he portrays the good republic in which the humors of the plebs and the humors of the patricians are kept in balance through a healthy conflict and hopes that in the future someone "piu amato dal Cielo" can put into practice what he could only put in paper; in the Florentine Histories he describes a body politic full of malignant humors that seems to be beyond cure unless, as he says in the Discursus Florentinarum rerum, a truly good and prudent man succeeds, with heavens' help, in introducing a political constitution that gives the three humors of the city - the primi, the mezzani and the ultimi - their proper place.