1. A center of population that is larger and more fully developed than a village, but that (traditionally speaking) is not incorporated as a city. [Cases: Towns

1. C.J.S. Towns §§ 2–5.]

2. The territory within which this population lives.

3. Collectively, the people who live within this territory. Cf. CITY.

“A town is a precinct anciently containing ten families, whereupon in some countries they are called tithings, within one of which tithings every man must be dwelling, and find sureties for his good behaviour, else he that taketh him into his house is to be amerced in the leet.” Sir Henry Finch, Law, or a Discourse Thereof 80 (1759).

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