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What is COMMOTION

A “civil commotion” Is an insurrection of the people for general purposes, though it may not amount to re- COMMUNE 229 COMMUNIS OPINIO belllon where there is a usurped power. 2 Marsh. Ins. 793; Boon v. Insurance Co., 40 Conn. 5S4; Grame v. Assur. Soc., 112 U. S. 273, 5 Sup. Ct. 150, 2S L. Ed. 710; Spruill v. Insurance Co., 40 N. C. 127. COMMUNE, n. A self-governing town or village. The name given to the committee of the people in the French revolution of 1793; and again, in the revolutionary uprising of 1871, it signified the attempt to establish absolute self-government In Paris, or the mass of those concerned in the attempt. In old French law, it signified any municipal corporation. And in old English law, the commonalty or common people. 2 Co. Inst. 540. COMMUNE, adj. Lat. Common.

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