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noun alliance, aristocracy, association, bloc, body, brethren, brotherhood, circle, citizenry, civilization, class, clique, club, coalition, colleagueship, combine, commonwealth, community, companionship, confederacy, confederation, confraternity, culture, denomination, faction, federation, fold, folk, fraternal order, fraternity, fraternization, gentility, group, guild, higher class, institute, league, order, organization, organized group, patriciate, peerage, polity, population, privileged class, religious order, sect, set, sodality, tribe, union, upper class
See also: body, chamber, civilization, coalition, community, compact, confederacy, institute, league, nationality, populace, population, public, sodality

SOCIETY. A society is a number of persons united together by mutual consent, in order to deliberate, determine, and act jointly for some common purpose.
     2. Societies are either incorporated and known to the law, or unincorporated, of which the law does not generally take notice.
     3. By civil society is usually understood a state, (q.v.) a nation, (q.v.) or a body politic. (q.v.) Rutherf. Inst. c. 1 and 2.
     4. In the civil law, by society is meant a partnership. Inst. 3, 26; Dig. 17, 2 Code, 4, 37.

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It shall be the purpose of the Society to effect this advancement of learning and these interchanges between the disciplines by sponsoring or initiating suitable projects, both of research and of bibliography; and by publication; and by assisting and encouraging discussion groups, especially affiliate societies and local groups; and, where possible, by helping to arrange exchanges of speakers between these groups.
Despite the fact that both Christians and Jews share in the heritage of the faith of Abraham, the Jewish community has faced discrimination and persecution while living in the midst of so-called Christian societies.
Societies that err on the side of too much conformity lose the ability to innovate and adapt to changing conditions and, hence, they eventually fail.
Sylvia Lawry, who single-handedly launched an international war on MS, founding both the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the International Federation of Multiple Sclerosis Societies, died February 24, in New York City.
The Irish worker was at a disadvantage within the growing city, for the emerging labour organizations were secret oath-bound societies antagonistic to Catholicism.
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And in no time at all, on an evolutionary scale, urban societies and political states have become commonplace.

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