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public policy

[ puhb-lik pol-uh-see ]
/ ˈpʌb lɪk ˈpɒl ə si /
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noun
  1. the body of laws and other measures that affect the general public: These officeholders are creating public policy on important issues including affordable housing and the environment.
  2. the underlying principles, values, or objectives that inform these laws and other measures: The Institute participates in shaping public debate and public policy through inquiry and dialogue.In a secular state, no religion can become the basis of public policy.
Law. the principle that injury to the public good or public order constitutes a basis for declaring an act or transaction illegal or invalid: The principle of public policy requires that we judge the tendency of the contract at the time when it was entered into.
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Origin of public policy

First recorded in 1775–85
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