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A legislative body of local government. A group of persons who, whether elected or appointed, serve as representatives of the public to establish state or municipal policies and to assist the chief executive of the government unit in the performance of duties.


(Assembly), noun advisory board, board, committee, conclave, conference, forum, judicature, palaver, parley, parliament, synod, tribunal


(Consultant), noun advocate, counselor
See also: bench, board, cabal, caucus

COUNCIL, legislation. This word signifies an assembly.
     2. It was used among the Romans to express the meeting of only a part of the people, and that the most respectable, in opposition to the assemblies of the whole people.
     3. It is now usually applied to the legislative bodies of cities and boroughs.
     4. In some states, as in Massachusetts, a body of men called the council, are elected, whose duties are to advise the governor in the executive part of the government. Const. of Mass. part 2, c. 2, s. 3, art. 1 and 2. See 14 Mass. 470; 3 Pick. 517; 4 Pick. 25 19 John. R. 58. In England, the king's council are the king's judges of his courts of justice. 3 Inst. 125; 1 Bl. Com. 229.

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Yet we find not only this express exception, with respect to the members of the irferior courts, but that the chief magistrate, with his executive council, are appointable by the legislature; that two members of the latter are triennially displaced at the pleasure of the legislature; and that all the principal offices, both executive and judiciary, are filled by the same department.
And even as I returned to my jungle, so thou must go back to men at last--to the men who are thy brothers--if thou art not killed in the Council.
They will hold a jungle Council at the Rock, and then--and then--I have it
He found a branch that satisfied him, and in the evening when Tabaqui came to the cave and told him rudely enough that he was wanted at the Council Rock, he laughed till Tabaqui ran away.
Your right is to kill me here on the Council Rock, now.
He flung the fire pot on the ground, and some of the red coals lit a tuft of dried moss that flared up, as all the Council drew back in terror before the leaping flames.
This cattle-killer said he would kill me in the Council because he had not killed me when I was a cub.
But remember when next I come to the Council Rock, as a man should come, it will be with Shere Khan's hide on my head.
And when I come it will be to lay out Shere Khan's hide upon the Council Rock.
Every two years, the president's cabinet--in consultation with the college's formal strategic planning group, the various division councils, the college council, student government, environmental scanning and demographic studies, and other constituent groups--reviews the mission and primary goals of the college to distill the short-term vision down to a few easy-to-articulate and clear priorities.
The three-page ruling capped two months of City Council efforts to fast-track Proposition R, which received little input from neighborhood councils, the public or the city's Ethics Commission.
Councils are called in times of crisis, and Vatican II was no exception.