- The definition of a policy is a written contract or agreement.
- An example of a policy is the written contract received from an insurance company that guarantees to insure someone against a certain type of damage.
- An example of policy is "at-will employment" which means an employer or employee is able to break employment at any time.
- Obsolete government or polity
- Now Rare political wisdom or cunning
- wise, expedient, or prudent conduct or management
- a principle, plan, or course of action, as pursued by a government, organization, individual, etc.: foreign policy
Origin of policyMiddle English policie ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin politia ; from Classical Greek politeia: see police
- a written contract in which one party guarantees to insure another against a specified loss, damage, injury, etc. in consideration of payments, usually periodic, called premiumsin full insurance policy
- an illegal lottery in which winning numbers are drawn from a revolving drum
- the numbers (see phrase at number)
Origin of policyaltered (infl. by policy) ; from Middle French police ; from Italian polizza ; from Medieval Latin apodixa ; from Medieval Greek apodeixis ; from Classical Greek proof ; from apodeiknynai, to display, make known: see apo- and amp; diction
- A plan or course of action, as of a government, political party, or business, intended to influence and determine decisions, actions, and other matters: American foreign policy; the company's personnel policy.
- a. A course of action, guiding principle, or procedure considered expedient, prudent, or advantageous: Honesty is the best policy.b. Prudence, shrewdness, or sagacity in practical matters: It is never good policy to speak rashly.
Origin of policyMiddle English policie, art of government, civil organization, from Old French; see police.
- A written contract or certificate of insurance.
- A numbers game.
Origin of policyObsolete police, from French, contract, bill of lading, from Old French, from Old Italian polizza, alteration of Medieval Latin apodixa, receipt, from Medieval Greek apodeixis, from Greek, proof, from apodeiknunai, to prove : apo-, intensive pref.; see apo– + deiknunai, to show; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
- A principle of behaviour, conduct etc. thought to be desirable or necessary, especially as formally expressed by a government or other authoritative body. [from 15th c.]
- The Communist Party has a policy of returning power to the workers.
- Wise or advantageous conduct; prudence, formerly also with connotations of craftiness. [from 15th c.]
- (now rare) Specifically, political shrewdness or (formerly) cunning; statecraft. [from 15th c.]
- (Scotland, now chiefly in the plural) The grounds of a large country house. [from 18th c.]
(third-person singular simple present policies, present participle policying, simple past and past participle policied)
From Middle French policie, from Late Latin politia (“citizenship; government”), classical Latin polītīa (in Cicero), from Ancient Greek πολιτεία (politeia, “citizenship; polis, (city) state; government”), from πολίτης (politēs, “citizen”). Compare police.
policy - Computer Definition
The rules and regulations set by the organization. Policy determines the type of internal and external information resources employees can access, the kinds of programs they may install on their own computers as well as their authority for reserving network resources. Policy is also related to network quality of service (QoS), because it can define priorities by user, workgroup or application with regard to reserving network bandwidth. See COPS and Internet Usage Policy.