- a particular form or system of government: civil polity; ecclesiastical polity.
- the condition of being constituted as a state or other organized community or body: The polity of ancient Athens became a standard for later governments.
- government or administrative regulation: The colonists demanded independence in matters of internal polity.
- a state or other organized community or body.
Origin of polity
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Examples from the Web for polities
The gulf between mercantile hubs and the polities in which they are lodged is not new.UKIP’s Nativist Rebellion Against London
May 26, 2014
The same preferences are reflected in what the polities omit to do.
These preferences are reflected in what the polities do, how they behave.
All our polities, philosophies, and religions, grow out of each other.Not Guilty
A Conservative in polities, he was elected in 1864 Mayor of Norwich.Norfolk Annals
You are following the popular avenue to polities, I suppose.The Half-Hearted
For thirty-six years of uneasy peace the polities of Europe centred upon that possibility.A Short History of the World
H. G. Wells
The other objection I find urged against the beginning of polities, in the way I have mentioned, is this, viz.Second Treatise of Government
- a form of government or organization of a state, church, society, etc; constitution
- a politically organized society, state, city, etc
- the management of public or civil affairs
- political organization
C16: from Latin polītīa, from Greek politeia citizenship, civil administration, from politēs citizen, from polis city
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Word Origin and History for polities
1530s, from Middle French politie (early 15c.) or directly from Late Latin polita "organized government" (see policy (n.1)).
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