- 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 polity
Sorry, I'm partisan, but I doubt I'm an unusual case in our polity.Science! Study Finds Voters Don't Trust the Other Side, But Do Trust Their Own Elites
March 28, 2013
We are in a depression because it is our revealed preference, as a polity, not to remedy the problem.Can We Choose Recovery?
April 19, 2012
This leads to the enquiry, what is to be the polity of our new state.Laws
But as illustrating the polity of the church it is quite valueless.The Story of the Mormons
William Alexander Linn
So we are giving up our polity, to please and to join other denominations.A Tour of the Missions
Augustus Hopkins Strong
And Plato's notable sentence in the third book of the Polity.The Crown of Wild Olive
It is not a religion only, but a polity; and this in a very peculiar sense.
- 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
Word Origin and History for polity
1530s, from Middle French politie (early 15c.) or directly from Late Latin polita "organized government" (see policy (n.1)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper