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Corpora'tion. n.s. [from corpus, Latin.]

A corporation is a body politick, authorized by the king's charter to have a common seal, one head officer or more, and members, able, by their common consent, to grant or receive, in law, any thing within the compass of their charter: even as one man may do by law all things, that by law he is not forbidden; and bindeth the successors, as a single man binds his executor or heir. Cowel.

Of angels we are not to consider only what they are, and do, in regard of their own being; but that also which concerneth them, as they are linked into a kind of corporation amongst themselves, and of society or fellowship with men. Hooker, b. i. sect. 4.

Of this we find some foot-steps in our law,
Which doth her root from God and nature take;
Ten thousand men she doth together draw,
And of them all one corporation make.

Sources: Cowell, John (42) · Davies, John (45) · Hooker, Richard (175)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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