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Definitions for municipal
myuˈnɪs ə pəlmu·nic·i·pal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. municipaladjective

    relating or belonging to or characteristic of a municipality

    "municipal government"; "municipal bonds"; "a municipal park"; "municipal transportation"

  2. municipaladjective

    of or relating to the government of a municipality

    "international law...only authorizes a belligerent to punish a spy under its municipal law"- J.L.kuntz


  1. municipalnoun

    A financial instrument issued by a municipality.

  2. municipaladjective

    Of or pertaining to a municipality (a city or a corporation having the right of administering local government).

  3. municipaladjective

    Of or pertaining to the internal affairs of a nation.

  4. Etymology: From municipal, from municipalis, from municeps, from munus + capere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Municipaladjective

    Belonging to a corporation.

    Etymology: municipal, Fr. municipalis, municipium, Lat.

    A counsellor, bred up in the knowledge of the municipal and statute laws, may honestly inform a just prince how far his prerogative extends. Dryden.


  1. municipal

    A municipality is usually a single administrative division having corporate status and powers of self-government or jurisdiction as granted by national and regional laws to which it is subordinate. The term municipality may also mean the governing body of a given municipality. A municipality is a general-purpose administrative subdivision, as opposed to a special-purpose district. The term is derived from French municipalitécode: fra promoted to code: fr and Latin municipaliscode: lat promoted to code: la . The English word municipality derives from the Latin social contract municipiumcode: lat promoted to code: la (derived from a word meaning "duty holders"), referring to the Latin communities that supplied Rome with troops in exchange for their own incorporation into the Roman state (granting Roman citizenship to the inhabitants) while permitting the communities to retain their own local governments (a limited autonomy). A municipality can be any political jurisdiction, from a sovereign state such as the Principality of Monaco, to a small village such as West Hampton Dunes, New York. The territory over which a municipality has jurisdiction may encompass only one populated place such as a city, town, or village several such places (e.g., early jurisdictions in the U.S. state of New Jersey (1798–1899) as townships governing several villages, municipalities of Mexico, municipalities of Colombia) only parts of such places, sometimes boroughs of a city, such as the 34 municipalities of Santiago, Chile.


  1. municipal

    Municipal refers to anything related to a city or town or its local government. It involves public services provided by municipalities such as waste management, water supply, local transportation, etc. The term is commonly used to describe various policies, bonds, services, and institutions managed at the local level.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Municipaladjective

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

  2. Municipaladjective

    of or pertaining to a state, kingdom, or nation

  3. Etymology: [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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Municipal

    mū-nis′i-pal, adj. pertaining to a corporation or city.—n. Municipalisā′tion.—v.t. Munic′ipalise.—ns. Munic′ipalism; Municipal′ity, a town or city possessed of self-government: a district governed like a city: in France, a division of the country.—adv. Munic′ipally. [Fr.,—L. municipalismunicipium, a free town—munia, official duties, capĕre, to take.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of municipal in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of municipal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of municipal in a Sentence

  1. The Justice Department report:

    Mr. Brockmeyer believes that it is paramount to begin immediately on promoting the public's confidence in the Ferguson Municipal Court. Promoting the public confidence in the Ferguson Municipal Court will help Ferguson begin its healing process.

  2. Ferguson Committeewoman Patricia Bynes:

    The fact that police officers and municipal court officials are using their public emails to tell racial jokes, that just reeks of arrogance and ignorance, it's astounding. They think they are untouchable. The taxpayers have been paying for that racial bias.

  3. The Missouri Supreme Court:

    To help restore public trust and confidence in the Ferguson municipal court division, the Supreme Court of Missouri today transferred Judge Roy L. Richter of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, to the St. Louis County Circuit Court, where he will be assigned to hear all of Ferguson's pending and future municipal division cases, extraordinary action is warranted in Ferguson, but the court also is examining reforms that are needed on a statewide basis.

  4. Bajram Gecaj:

    For the Kosovo government such a decision is unacceptable, we expect from the Ranilug municipal assembly to sit and change the decision and if that does not happen then we will take the necessary action based on the law.

  5. Steve Kreisberg:

    It's not special, there's not an exception here for police officers. Municipal Employees're seeking uniformity with what you would try to effect for teachers, or people at the DMV, anything like Municipal Employees. They're not special.

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