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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.


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.


noun aggregate, aggregation, amassment, assemblage, body, bulk, chief part, collection, collectivity, compages, compilation, complexus, concentration, concretion, confluence, conglomerate, core, cornerstone, corporality, corporeity, cumulation, embodiment, ensemble, essence, fullness, grand total, gross amount, grouping, import, importance, inclusiveness, integrality, integration, keynote, legal body, legal entity, main body, main part, major part, mass, materiality, materialization, matter, pith, plenum, principal, principle, quantity, quintessence, res, signification, solid substance, solidarity, structure, substance, substantiality, sum, sum and substance, sum total, summation, total, totality, weight, whole, wholeness
Associated concepts: corpus delicti, corpus juris, corpus of a trust
See also: body, bulk, cornerstone, corpse, entity, person, substance

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.

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Corpus Christi, which has 1,042 pupils on roll, serves a wide catchment area including Cyncoed, Lisvane, Adamsdown, Llanedeyrn, Pentrebane and Pentwyn.
Yield rate is calculated for each Web domain as the ratio of bytes of text contributed to the final corpus and the bytes retrieved from that domain.
Not long after that visit, Medina bought a house in Corpus Christi and moved there in 1948.
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Every time he asks me if we can go back to help prepare the carpets for Corpus Christi, I know we both realize the importance of honoring Christ's presence in this way, that the lively colors and designs of the carpets we make illustrate the life we feel inside when we receive the Body of Christ.
Ten learners were exposed to a two-week period of in-class corpus activities (Experimental group), whereas 10 other students were not (Control group).
Habeas corpus began as a means for prisoners to get court review of their detention, and the law refers to those who are "in custody.
The judges of England developed the writ of habeas corpus largely to preserve these immunities from executive restraint.
For example, during the Corpus Christi event, a communications major was best at interviewing witnesses that had a tendency to ramble or avoid answering a question; an accounting student was good at solving the crime's financial aspects.
Stephen Tortes, officer-in-charge at Corpus Christi, of the loading of 33 vessels in early 2003 with the equipment of the 4th Infantry Division.
There is nothing wrong with this decision, but in a book entitled The Emblem, readers should be aware that the corpus is somewhat idiosyncratic.