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1 : the act or fact of living in a place
2 a : the place where one actually lives as distinguished from a domicile or place of temporary sojourn [a person can have more than one but only one domicile] NOTE: A distinction is usually maintained between domicile and residence based on the relative permanency of a domicile and the intent to make it a principal place of abode. In some contexts, however, such as for determining proper venue domicile and residence are used as synonyms. Similarly residence and domicile are sometimes used as synonyms with regard to the place of incorporation of a business.
b : a place in which a corporation does business or is licensed to do business
3 : the status of a resident
4 : dwelling
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.