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BODY POLITIC, government, corporations. When applied to the government this phrase signifies the state.
     2. As to the persons who compose the body politic, they take collectively the name, of people, or nation; and individually they are citizens, when considered in relation to their political rights, and subjects as being submitted to the laws of the state.
     3. When it refers to corporations, the term body politic means that the members of such corporations shall be considered as an artificial person.

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Proceeds of the bonds will be used by The Medical Center Hospital Authority, a body corporate and politic and an instrumentality of the State of Georgia to: (i) fund the acquisition, construction and equipping a continuing care retirement community for seniors to be known as Spring Harbor at Green Island; (ii) fund a debt service reserve fund; (iii) fund capitalized interest; (iv) pay costs of issuance of the series 2004 Bonds.
The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) is a public body corporate and politic, which is in, but not of, the Department of State of the State of New Jersey and an instrumentality of the State.
The New Jersey Turnpike is a body corporate and politic organized and existing by virtue of the Turnpike Act.