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COMMITTEE (from commute, an Anglo-Fr....

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Originally appearing in Volume V06, Page 776 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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COMMITTEE (from commute, an Anglo-Fr. past participle of commettre, Lat. committere, to entrust; the modern Fr. equivalent comite is derived from the Eng.), a person or body of persons to whom something is " committed " or entrusted. The term is used of a person or persons to whom the charge of the body (" committee of the person") or of the property and business affairs (" committee of the estate ") of a lunatic is committed by the court (see INSANITY). In this sense the English usage is to pronounce the word commi-ttee. The more common meaning of " committee " (pronounced commftt-y) is that - of a body of persons elected or appointed to consider and deal with certain matters of business, specially or generally referred to it.
End of Article: COMMITTEE (from commute, an Anglo-Fr. past participle of commettre, Lat. committere, to entrust; the modern Fr. equivalent comite is derived from the Eng.)
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