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policy

noun, often attributive pol·i·cy \ ˈpä-lə-sē \

Definition of policy

plural policies
1 a : prudence or wisdom in the management of affairs
b : management or procedure based primarily on material interest
2 a : a definite course or method of action selected from among alternatives and in light of given conditions to guide and determine present and future decisions
b : a high-level overall plan embracing the general goals and acceptable procedures especially of a governmental body

Origin and Etymology of policy

Middle English policie government, policy, from Middle French police, policie — more at police


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policy

noun

Definition of policy

plural policies
1 : a writing whereby a contract of insurance is made
2 a : a daily lottery in which participants bet that certain numbers will be drawn from a lottery wheel
b : number 7a

Origin and Etymology of policy

alteration of earlier police, from Middle French, certificate, from Old Italian polizza, modification of Medieval Latin apodixa receipt, from Middle Greek apodeixis, from Greek, proof, from apodeiknynai to demonstrate — more at apodictic



POLICY Defined for Kids

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policy

noun pol·i·cy \ ˈpä-lə-sē \

Definition of policy for Students

plural policies
: a set of guidelines or rules that determine a course of action
  • What is the store's return policy?

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policy

noun

Definition of policy for Students

plural policies
: a document that contains the agreement made by an insurance company with a person whose life or property is insured

Law Dictionary

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policy

noun pol·i·cy \ ˈpä-lə-sē \

legal Definition of policy

plural policies
: an overall plan, principle, or guideline; especially : one formulated outside of the judiciary
  • obligated to consider legislative policy on the matter in their decision

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policy

noun

legal Definition of policy

plural policies
: a contract of insurance; also : the written instrument of such a contract


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