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

    A town; a municipality; a district; a neighborhood; husband and wife.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A society of people living in the same place, under the same laws and regulations, and who have common rights and privileges. In re Huss, 126 N. Y. 537, 27 N. E. 784, 12 In R. A. 620; Gilman v. Dwight, 13 Gray (Mass.) 356, 74 Am. Dee, 634; Chnningham v. Underwood, 116 Fed. 803, 53 C. C. A. 99; Berkson v. Railway Co., 144 Mo. 211, 45 S. W. 1119. In the civil law. A corporation or body politic. Dig. 3, 4. In French law. A species of partnership which a man and a woman contract when they are lawfully married to each other.
    —Community debt. One chargeable to the community (of husband and wife) rather than to either of the parties individually. Calhoun v. Leary, 6 Wash. 17, 32 Pac. 1070.
    —Community of profits. This term, as used in the definition of a partnership, (to which a community of profits is essential,) means a proprietorship in them as distinguished from a personal claim upon the other associate, a property right in them from the start in one associate as much as in the other. Bradley v. Ely, 24 Ind. App. 2, 56 N. E. 44, 79 Am. St. Ren. 251; Moore v. Williams, 26 Tex. Civ. App. 142, 62 S. W. 977.
    —Community property. Community property is property acquired by husband and wife, or either, during marriage, when not acquired as the separate property of either. In re Lux's Estate, 114 Cal. 73, 45 Pac. 1023; Mitchell v. Mitchell, 80 Tex. 101, 15 S. W. 705; Ames v. Hubby, 49 Tex. 705; Holyoke v. Jackson, 3 Wash. T. 235, 3 Pac. 841; Civ. Code Cal. § 687. This partnership or community consists of the profits of ali the effects of which the husband has the administration and enjoyment, either of right or in fact, of the produce of the reciprocal industry and labar Of both husband and wife, and of the estates which they may acquire during the marriage, either by donations made jointly to them both, or by purchase, or in any other similar way, even although the purchase be only in the name of one of the two, and not of both, because in that case the period of time when the purchase is made is alone attended to, and not the person who made the purchase. Civ. Code La. art. 2402.