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[Latin, Body, aggregate, or mass.]

Corpus might be used to mean a human body, or a body or group of laws. The term is used often in Civil Law to denote a substantial or positive fact, as opposed to one that is ambiguous. The corpus of a trust is the sum of money or property that is set aside to produce income for a named beneficiary. In the law of estates, the corpus of an estate is the amount of property left when an individual dies. Corpus juris means a body of law or a body of the law. Corpus Juris Secundum (C.J.S.®) is an all-inclusive, multivolume legal encyclopedia.

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n. 1) Latin for body. 2) the principal (usually money, securities, and other assets) of a trust or estate as distinguished from interest or profits.

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CORPUS. A Latin word, which signifies body; as, corpus delicti, the body of the offence, the essence of the crime; corpus juris canonis, the body of the canon law; corpus juris civilis, the body of the Civil law.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Corpus, for his part,assured the public that the CIDG remains non-partisan even if his wife is involved in politics.
The suspension of the writ of habeas corpus would essentially allow warrantless arrests.
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Another theoretical innovation in this book, as stated earlier, is the concept of subtext, a concept springing forth out of the doubts and denials from other corpus stylisticians.
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Unlike traditional concordancers, (2) the FLAX project has developed interfaces for non-specialists in corpus linguistics, namely, second language learners and teachers.
A corpus has been defined as "a collection of sampled texts, written or spoken, in machine readable form which may be annotated with various forms of linguistic information" (McEnery, Xiao, & Tono, 2006, p.
With an overall score of 75 out of 100, Corpus Christi is second to Cardiff High (79) and marginally ahead of Bishop of Llandaff CIW High in third (73).
With the birth of the computer and the rapid development of the information technology, the concept of corpus has been changed greatly.