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Legal Definition and Related Resources of Colony

Meaning of Colony

A settlement in a foreign country by a body of immigrants or their descendants under the control of the parent country. A colony may be one that has a responsible government and in such case it is known as a self governing colony, or it may be one that does not have a responsible government, in which case it is a crown colony.

Colony Alternative Definition

A union of citizens or subjects who have left their country to people another, and remain subject to ihe mothercountry. 3 Wash. C. C. (U.S.) 287. The country occupied by the colonists. A colony differs from a possession or a dependency.

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Colony in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of colony.


Legal English Vocabulary: colony in Spanish

Online translation of the English legal term colony into Spanish: colonia (English to Spanish translation) . More about legal dictionary from english to spanish online.

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    English Legal System: Colony

    In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Colony :

    A territory that forms part of the Crown’s dominions outside the UK. Although it may enjoy internal self-government, its external affairs are controlled by the UK government.

    Definition of Colony

    In relation to social issues, a meaning of colony is provided here: A group of emigrants or their descendants who settle in a distant territory but remain subject to or closely associated with the parent country.


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    • Nation
    • Province
    • Sovereignty
    • Rule of Law
    • Public International Law
    • State Territory


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