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A municipality is political unit with a defined territory, corporate status, and usually some powers of autonomous government. For example, municipal codes are often the subject of or provide guidance for disputes regarding Property Law, as in Village of Euclid v. Ambler Realty—a case which examined the constitutionality of specific zoning regulations. Some common forms of municipalities include cities, towns, and villages.

[Last updated in July of 2023 by the Wex Definitions Team]