A polity is a state or ane o its subordinate civil authorities, sic as a province, prefecture, county, municipality, ceety, or destrict. It is generally understood tae mean a geographic aurie wi a corresponding government. Thomas Hobbes considered bodies politic in this sense in Leviathan. In previous centuries, body politic wis an aa understood tae mean "the physical person of the sovereign:" emperor, keeng or dictator in monarchies an despotisms, an the electorate in republics. In present times, it mey an aa refer tae representation o a group, sic as ones drawn alang ethnic or gender lines. Cabinets in liberal democracies are chosen tae represent the body politic.[citation needit]
- See: Black's Law Dictionary, 4th ed., West Publishing Co., (1968), and Uricich v. Kolesar, 54 Ohio App. 309, 7 N.E. 2d 413.
- Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, (1651); http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/authors/hobbes; accessed 25 February 2016.
- Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Archived 2006-06-29 at the Wayback Machine Analogy o the Body Politic (elaboration o correspondences atween society or the state an the individual human body)