polity

noun pol·i·ty \ ˈpä-lə-tē \
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

Definition of polity

plural polities
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 in a Sentence

  1. the polities of medieval Italy

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Origin and Etymology of polity

Late Latin politia — more at police


POLITY Defined for English Language Learners

polity

Definition of polity for English Language Learners

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

  • : a form of government



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