What is COUNTRY? Definition of COUNTRY in Black's Law Dictionary - Legal dictionary - Glossary of legal terms.
The portion of the earth's surface occupied by an independent nation or people, or the inhabitants of such territory.
In its primary meaning "country" signifies "place;" and, in a larger sense, the territory or dominions occupied by a community; or even waste and unpeopled sections or regions of the earth. But its metaphorical meaning is no less definite and well understood; and in common parlance, in historical and geographical writings, in diplomacy, legislation, treaties, and international codes, the word is employed to denote the population, the nation, the state, or the government, having possession and dominion over a territory. Stairs v. Peaslee, 18 How. 521, 15 L.Ed.474; U. S. v. Recorder, 1 Blatchf. 218, 225, 5 N.Y.Leg.Obs. 286, Fed.Cas.No.16,129.
The word "country" as used in treaties made by the United States government, in so far as it applies to the United States, means the states of such country. Pagano v. Cerri, 93 Ohio St. 345, 112 N.E. 1037, 1039, L.R.A.1917A, 486.
In pleading and practice. The inhabitants of a district from which a jury is to be summoned; pais; a jury. 3 Bl.Comm. 349; 4 Bl. Comm. 349; Steph. Pl. 73, 78, 230.
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