[ pol-i-tee ]
/ ˈpɒl ɪ ti /
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noun, plural pol·i·ties.
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.
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Origin of polity
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH politypolicy, polity
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How to use polity in a sentence
In recent years, visions of transnational racial polities have dominated.One U.S. Constitution Just Wasn’t Enough|Tom Arnold-Forster|July 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The gulf between mercantile hubs and the polities in which they are lodged is not new.UKIP’s Nativist Rebellion Against London|Lloyd Green|May 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The same preferences are reflected in what the polities omit to do.
These preferences are reflected in what the polities do, how they behave.
Before the war the Southern States were aristocracies, highly educated, and disciplined in the science of polities.Black and White|Timothy Thomas Fortune
A Conservative in polities, he was elected in 1864 Mayor of Norwich.Norfolk Annals|Charles Mackie
You are following the popular avenue to polities, I suppose.The Half-Hearted|John Buchan
We stood in antagonism to the monarchical and aristocratical polities of Europe.
States which have such laws are not polities but parties, and their notions of justice are simply unmeaning.Laws|Plato
British Dictionary definitions for polity
/ (ˈpɒlɪtɪ) /
noun plural -ties
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
Word Origin for polity
C16: from Latin polītīa, from Greek politeia citizenship, civil administration, from politēs citizen, from polis city
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