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Etymology

  1. From Old French policie < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] politia "the state" < Ancient Greek πολιτεία (politeia) "state, government"
  2. From Middle French police < [[w:Template:lang:it language|Template:lang:it]][[Category:Template:lang:it derivations]] polizza < Mediaeval Latin apodissa "receipt for money" < Ancient Greek ἀπόδειξις (apodeixis) "proof, declaration"

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Noun

Singular
policy

Plural
polic

policy (polic)
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  1. A plan or course of action, especially one of an organization or government
    • The Communist Party has a policy of returning power to the workers
  2. A course of action thought to be prudent or advantageous; hence prudence or sagacity
    • Honesty is the best policy
  3. A contract of insurance
    • Your insurance policy covers fire and theft only.
  4. (obsolete) An illegal lottery in late nineteenth and early twentieth century USA (no plural)
    • Some policy players frequented policy shops
  5. A statement of commitment to a broad requirement, often used in an organisation to instruct personnel as to a required outcome (note: whereas "Procedures" describe how a policy is implemented).
  6. Shrewdness or artfulness
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Modern Library Edition (1995), page 140
      These bitter accusations might have been suppressed, had I with greater policy concealed my struggles, and flattered you...

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