[ pol-i-tee ]
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noun,plural pol·i·ties.
  1. a particular form or system of government: civil polity; ecclesiastical polity.

  2. 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.

  1. government or administrative regulation: The colonists demanded independence in matters of internal polity.

  2. a state or other organized community or body.

Origin of polity

1530–40; <Latin polītīa<Greek polīteía citizenship, government, form of government, commonwealth, equivalent to polī́te-, variant stem of polī́tēs citizen (see polis, -ite1) + -ia-ia

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/ (ˈpɒlɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. a form of government or organization of a state, church, society, etc; constitution

  2. a politically organized society, state, city, etc

  1. the management of public or civil affairs

  2. political organization

Origin of polity

C16: from Latin polītīa, from Greek politeia citizenship, civil administration, from politēs citizen, from polis city

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