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societynoun 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.