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SOCIETY. A society is a number of persons united together by mutual consent, in order to deliberate, determine, and act jointly for some common purpose.
     2. Societies are either incorporated and known to the law, or unincorporated, of which the law does not generally take notice.
     3. By civil society is usually understood a state, (q.v.) a nation, (q.v.) or a body politic. (q.v.) Rutherf. Inst. c. 1 and 2.
     4. In the civil law, by society is meant a partnership. Inst. 3, 26; Dig. 17, 2 Code, 4, 37.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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BEAUTIFUL Originally cast with Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly, Cole Porter's High Society arrives at the Theatre Royal tomorrow
High Society will visit Cardiff next month when Michael will get to tread the boards at the Wales Millennium Centre once more - he last appeared at the venue as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music alongside Connie Fisher as Maria.
"I can't wait to do High Society, because it means a lot to me.
Fact and fiction blend seamlessly with wit and humour, making this impressive chick lit a mildly satiric depiction of the upper crust of British high society.
"Our warranty rate is very low--it's around 1 percent." The newest High Society product is the Twin Snowboard, designed for maneuvering on pipes and terrain parks and featuring catchy-but-twisted graphics by Jamie Culp, a member of High Society's pro team.
1977: Bing Crosby, the American actor and singer best known for his roles in High Society, Holiday Inn and White Christmas, died on this day
However, the British high society whose acceptance he craved thought him a Canadian provincial hick.
KC/DC Amy had gotten all the boys on a high society guest list for a catwalk show after-party, the gnarliest waste mission ever.
Educated in France, his skill in fencing and amazing talent as a violin virtuoso earned him a distinguished place in French high society and the court of Versailles; yet he was not content to simply bask in court life, choosing to support the abolitionist movement, take part in the Haitian slave revolt, and join the French Revolution in the hope of ending slavery.
Built in 1940, this was once the home of "Canfield's Gambling House," a popular entertainment spot for New York's High Society. Patrons included the likes of Reginald Vanderbuilt.
As children, they shared common bonds: a privileged life with membership in high society as well as a strong family unit run by a matriarch who commanded that its name remain untarnished, no matter its guarded secrets.