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domicile n

[Latin domicilium dwelling place, home]
1 : the place where an individual has a fixed and permanent home for legal purposes called also legal residence
2 : the place where an organization (as a corporation) is chartered or that is the organization's principal place of business compare citizenship, residence NOTE: The domicile of an individual or organization determines the proper jurisdiction and venue for legal process. The courts of a person's domicile have personal jurisdiction. For persons lacking capacity (as minors), domicile is often statutorily determined as the domicile of the guardian.
vt -ciled
: to establish in or provide with a domicile [an alien admitted to the United States for permanent residence shall be deemed a citizen of the State in which such alien is domiciled "U.S. Code"] [any state in which a corporation is domiciled "L. H. Tribe"]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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