polity


pol·i·ty

noun \ˈpä-lə-tē\

: something (such as a country or state) that has a government : a politically organized unit

: a form of government

plural pol·i·ties

Full Definition of POLITY

1
:  political organization
2
:  a specific form of political organization
3
:  a politically organized unit
4
a :  the form or constitution of a politically organized unit
b :  the form of government of a religious denomination

Examples of POLITY

  1. the polities of medieval Italy

Origin of POLITY

Late Latin politia — more at police
First Known Use: 1538

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

Rhymes with POLITY

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