policy

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[ pol-uh-see ]
/ ˈpɒl ə si /

noun, plural pol·i·cies.

a definite course of action adopted for the sake of expediency, facility, etc.: We have a new company policy.
a course of action adopted and pursued by a government, ruler, political party, etc.: our nation's foreign policy.
action or procedure conforming to or considered with reference to prudence or expediency: It was good policy to consent.
sagacity; shrewdness: Showing great policy, he pitted his enemies against one another.
Rare. government; polity.

Origin of policy

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1350–1400; Middle English policie government, civil administration < Middle French < Latin polītīa polity

Can be confused

policy polity

Definition for policy (2 of 2)

policy

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[ pol-uh-see ]
/ ˈpɒl ə si /

noun, plural pol·i·cies.

a document embodying a contract of insurance.
a method of gambling in which bets are made on numbers to be drawn by lottery.

Origin of policy

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1555–65; < Middle French police (< Italian polizza < Medieval Latin apodīxa receipt ≪ Greek apódeixis a showing or setting forth; see apodictic, -sis) + -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for policy (1 of 2)

policy

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/ (ˈpɒlɪsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

a plan of action adopted or pursued by an individual, government, party, business, etc
wisdom, prudence, shrewdness, or sagacity
Scot (often plural) the improved grounds surrounding a country house

Word Origin for policy

C14: from Old French policie, from Latin polītīa administration, polity

British Dictionary definitions for policy (2 of 2)

policy

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/ (ˈpɒlɪsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

a document containing a contract of insurance

Word Origin for policy

C16: from Old French police certificate, from Old Italian polizza, from Latin apodixis proof, from Greek apodeixis demonstration, proof
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