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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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The judges can exercise no executive prerogative, though they are shoots from the executive stock; nor any legislative function, though they may be advised with by the legislative councils.
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.
1) Role and Responsibilities of the CalCPA Board of Directors CalCPA shall have a Board of Directors, but for the purposes of the Code and other applicable law, the CalCPA Board of Directors shall be deemed to be an executive committee of the CalCPA Council (rather than a "Board" within the meaning of Section 5038 of the Code).
Although they may disagree about the means, the Bush administration and the international "peace" movement are in accord regarding the objective in Iraq: Both sides eagerly seek to enhance the power and prestige of the UN by enforcing Security Council disarmament resolutions.
He had given the council a threefold agenda: (1) the better internal ordering of the church itself; (2) unity among Christians; and (3) the promotion of peace throughout the world.