Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    (French) A small town. (Latin) Common.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    adj. Lat. Common.
    —Commune concilium regni. The common council of the realm. One of the names of the English parliament.
    —Commune forum. The common place of justice. The seat of the principal courts, especially those that are fixed.
    —Commune placitum. In old English Law. A common plea or civil action, such as an action of debt
    —Commune vinculum. A common or mutual bond. Applied to the common stock of consanguinity, and to the feodal band of fealty, as the common bond of union, between lord and tenant. 2 Bl. Comm. 250; S Bl. Comm. 230.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    n. A self-governing town or village. The name given to the committee of the people in the French revolution of 1793; and again, in the revolutionary uprising of 1871, it signified the attempt to establish absolute self-government in Paris or the mass of those concerned in the attempt. In old French law, it signified any municipal corporation. And in old English law, the commonalty or common people, 2 Co. Inst 540.