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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?
As is the case with Julian's text, the conclusion to B.'s book invites its readers to act in the drama by creating a body politic consistent with Julian's inspiration.
Indeed, for Baldwin, personal and familial redemption is political; but the rhetoric of family and the inherited view of a body politic organized around paternal privilege and masculine autonomy give way to the more egalitarian ideal of brotherhood - of a society founded upon the love between men.
In what was later known as the Mayflower Compact, the signers pledged to create a body politic that would be based on the consent of the governed and ruled by law.
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.