City council

   During the Middle Ages most cities in what would become the Low Countries were governed by representatives of a duke or count. These representatives were gradually divided into two groups: one that was concerned with the dispensation of justice, and the other, consisting of the board of burgomasters, with general ad ministration, often asking the advice of the richest citizens. This cus tom was the origin of the vroedschap(or rijkdom), which was a semi representative body (by co-optation). This oligarchic trend came to an end with the Batavian Revolution of 1795. From that time on, members of the city council were elected democratically.

Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands. . 2012.

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  • City council — Council Coun cil (koun s[i^]l), n. [F. concile, fr. L. concilium; con + calare to call, akin to Gr. ??? to call, and E. hale, v., haul. Cf. {Conciliate}. This word is often confounded with counsel, with which it has no connection.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • City council — City Cit y, a. Of or pertaining to a city. Shak. [1913 Webster] {City council}. See under {Council}. {City court}, The municipal court of a city. [U. S.] {City ward}, a watchman, or the collective watchmen, of a city. [Obs.] Fairfax. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • city council — n: the legislative body of a city Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • city council — n the group of elected officials who are responsible for governing a city …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • city council — noun count the elected officials who govern a city …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • City council — A city council or town council is the legislative body that governs a city, town, municipality or local government area. Contents 1 Australia NZ 2 Sweden 3 United Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • city council — noun a municipal body that can pass ordinances and appropriate funds etc. (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑council * * * noun : the legislative body of a city * * * a municipal body having legislative and administrative powers, such as passing ordinances… …   Useful english dictionary

  • city council — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms city council : singular city council plural city councils the elected officials who govern a city: can be followed by a singular or plural verb …   English dictionary

  • city council — /sɪti ˈkaʊnsəl/ (say sitee kownsuhl) noun the local administrative body which serves a capital city or large country town. Compare municipal council, shire council …   Australian English dictionary

  • city council — noun Date: 1789 the legislative body of a city …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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