1. Of or pertaining to a city or a corporation having the right of administering local government; as, municipal rights; municipal officers.

2. Of or pertaining to a state, kingdom, or nation. "Municipal law is properly defined to be a rule of civil conduct prescribed by the supreme power in a state." (Blackstone)

Origin: L. Municipalis, fr. Municipium a town, particularly in Italy, which possessed the right of Roman citizenship, but was governed by its own laws, a free town, fr. Municeps an inhabitant of a free town, a free citizen; munia official duties, functions + capere to take: cf. F. Municipal. Cf. Immunity, and Capacoius.

(01 Mar 1998)

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