- the fundamental policy on which laws rest, especially policy not yet enunciated in specific rules.
- Law. the principle that injury to the public good or public order constitutes a basis for setting aside, or denying effect to, acts or transactions.
Origin of public policy
First recorded in 1775–85
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Examples from the Web for public policy
Can a word like “hate,” packed with visceral connotations, be part of a civilized debate about a public-policy issue?Is the Family Research Council Really a Hate Group?
August 17, 2012
Calling Jim Manzi, author of the new book about the need for public-policy testing, Uncontrolled!What’s Right and Wrong in the Ryan Plan
August 11, 2012
Democrats are actually concerned with trying to address a public-policy problem in a responsible way.Michael Tomasky on the Audacity of GOP Dopes on Health Care
May 31, 2012
The Daily Beast queried seven law and public-policy experts on where they think the justices are likely to land.7 Experts Try to Read Supreme Court Health-Care Tea Leaves
March 29, 2012
From a public-policy perspective, we have much more ability to affect school and teacher quality than parent quality.John Legend: Bill Maher, You're Wrong on Education
March 16, 2010