Definition of EMPIRE


EMPIRE

This word signifies, first, authority or command, it is
the power
to command or govern those actions of men which would otherwise be free,
secondly, the country under the government of an emperor but sometimes it
is used to designate a country subject to kingly power, as the British
empire. Wolff, Inst. 833.


Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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