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Postby William Hupy » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:20 am

I like how the origin of this word had a sense of public duty. The way I understand it, "munus" meant a service performed for the community and the second element "capere" was to assume or take. The latter appears in capable.
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Re: municipal

Postby Slava » Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:16 pm

Well, here's my take on this one:

    "Munus" wasn't necessarily for the community, it could also be by the community.

    The "cip" is the root of "capere," but not necessarily bearing the same meaning.

    A source of capable is "capax," (able to hold much), which we can see in capacity, what something is able to hold.

    A Roman municipum was a city whose citizens had the privileges of Roman citizens but was governed by its own laws.

Putting these together, I come up with the idea that a municipality is a town large enough to make its own local laws.

Much like US cities. Subject to federal and state laws, but also allowed to make their own in addition.

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