from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A body that is granted a charter recognizing it as a separate legal entity having its own rights, privileges, and liabilities distinct from those of its members.
- n. Such a body created for purposes of government. Also called body corporate.
- n. A group of people combined into or acting as one body.
- n. Informal A protruding abdominal region; a potbelly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A group of individuals, created by law or under authority of law, having a continuous existence independent of the existences of its members, and powers and liabilities distinct from those of its members.
- n. In Fascist Italy, a joint association of employers' and workers' representatives.
- n. A protruding belly; a paunch.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A body politic or corporate, formed and authorized by law to act as a single person, and endowed by law with the capacity of succession; a society having the capacity of transacting business as an individual.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An artificial person, created by law, or under authority of law, from a group or succession of natural persons, and having a continuous existence irrespective of that of its members, and powers and liabilities different from those of its members.
- n. The body, generally large, of a man or an animal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a business firm whose articles of incorporation have been approved in some state
- n. slang for a paunch
The term corporation, over there, is commonly applied only to the mayor, aldermen and sheriffs of a city, as in the London corporation.
The term corporation, as used in this article, shall be construed to include all associations and joint-stock companies having any of the powers and privileges of corporations not possessed by individuals or partnerships.
The term corporation or company includes all trusts, associations and joint stock companies having any powers or privileges not possessed by individuals or unlimited partnerships.
The term corporation as used in this article, shall be construed to include all associations and jointstock companies having any of the powers and privileges of corporations not possessed by individuals or partnership, and all corporations shall have the right to sue, and shall be subject to be sued in all courts in like cases as natural persons.
So you think it was an accident all the Republican justices made the idiotic ruling that a corporation is a "person" and can therefore contribute unlimited funds to candidates and elections?
We already have 9 goofy people in long, black robes telling us a corporation is an individual ...
May 2nd, 2010 8: 56 pm ET ummm, the corporation is the one responsible for cleaning this up, not government.
While a clearly defined message was hard to suss, I'm betting the word "corporation" figured heavily in passionate monologues.
Seizing a portion of common stock from a corporation is the precisely correct analogy to depriving a human of liberty for a set time period.
I don't know what this place will be called, but if the way that sports arenas are quietly shifting from being named after a person to being named after a corporation is any indication, it might just be the planet Staples.