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noun
the fundamental policy on which laws rest, especially policy not yet enunciated in specific rules.
Law. the principle that injury to the public good or public order constitutes a basis for setting aside, or denying effect to, acts or transactions.
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Origin of public policy

First recorded in 1775–85
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