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city

noun megalopolis, metropolis, metropolitan area, municipality, polis, urban district, urban place, urbs
Associated concepts: city attorney, city council, city court, city districts, city employee, city hall, city limits, city marrhal, city officer, city purpose, municipal corporations
See also: community

CITY, government. A town incorporated by that name. Originally, this word did not signify a town, but a portion of mankind who lived under the same government: what the Romans called civitas, and, the Greeks polis; whence the word politeia, civitas seu reipublicae status et administratio. Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. 1. 1, t. 1, n. 202; Henrion de Pansey, Pouvoir Municipal, pp. 36, 37.

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After the conclusion of the war with Xerxes, it appears that the Lacedaemonians required that a number of the cities should be turned out of the confederacy for the unfaithful part they had acted.
The Thebans, with others of the cities, undertook to maintain the authority of the Amphictyons, and to avenge the violated god.
The cities composing this league retained their municipal jurisdiction, appointed their own officers, and enjoyed a perfect equality.
It appears that the cities had all the same laws and customs, the same weights and measures, and the same money.
It is, that as well after the renovation of the league by Aratus, as before its dissolution by the arts of Macedon, there was infinitely more of moderation and justice in the administration of its government, and less of violence and sedition in the people, than were to be found in any of the cities exercising SINGLY all the prerogatives of sovereignty.
But in many other cities and especially in the Middle West, there sprang up in 1895 a medley of independent companies.
Instead of legitimately extending telephone lines into communities that had none, these promoters proceeded to inflict the messy snarl of an overlapping system upon whatever cities would give them permission to do so.
In this way, masked as competition, the nuisance and waste of duplication began in most American cities. The telephone business was still so young, it was so little appreciated even by the telephone officials and engineers, that the public regarded a second or a third telephone system in one city as quite a possible and desirable innovation.
A study of twelve single-system cities and twenty-seven double-system cities shows that there are about eleven per cent more telephones under the double-system, and that where the second system is put in, every fifth user is obliged to pay for two telephones.
In the main, perhaps, it has been a reactionary and troublesome movement in the cities, and a progressive movement among the farmers.
The lines, she said, were waterways; the circles, cities; and one far to the northwest of us she pointed out as Helium.
Suddenly an idea occurred to me, and acting on my knowledge of the construction of the buildings of these ancient Martian cities with a hollow court within the center of each square, I groped my way blindly through the dark chambers, calling the great thoats after me.

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