Policy Definition

pŏlĭ-sē
policies
noun
policies
Government or polity.
Webster's New World
Political wisdom or cunning.
Webster's New World
A principle, plan, or course of action, as pursued by a government, organization, individual, etc.
Foreign policy.
Webster's New World
Wise, expedient, or prudent conduct or management.
Webster's New World
Prudence, shrewdness, or sagacity in practical matters.
It is never good policy to speak rashly.
American Heritage
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verb

To regulate by laws; to reduce to order.

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Other Word Forms of Policy

Noun

Singular:
policy
Plural:
policies

Origin of Policy

  • Obsolete 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. apo– deiknunai to show deik- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French policie, from Late Latin politia (“citizenship; government"), classical Latin polÄ«tÄ«a (in Cicero), from Ancient Greek πολιτεία (politeia, “citizenship; polis, (city) state; government"), from πολίτης (politÄ“s, “citizen"). Compare police.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle French police, from Italian polizza, from Medieval Latin apodissa (“receipt for money"), from Ancient Greek ἀπόδειξις (apodeixis, “proof, declaration")

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English policie art of government, civil organization from Old French police

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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