a plan of action adopted by an individual or social group
"it was a policy of retribution"; "a politician keeps changing his policies"
a line of argument rationalizing the course of action of a government
"they debated the policy or impolicy of the proposed legislation"
policy, insurance policy, insurance(noun)
written contract or certificate of insurance
"you should have read the small print on your policy"
the settled method by which the government and affairs of a nation are, or may be, administered; a system of public or official administration, as designed to promote the external or internal prosperity of a state
the method by which any institution is administered; system of management; course
management or administration based on temporal or material interest, rather than on principles of equity or honor; hence, worldly wisdom; dexterity of management; cunning; stratagem
prudence or wisdom in the management of public and private affairs; wisdom; sagacity; wit
motive; object; inducement
to regulate by laws; to reduce to order
a ticket or warrant for money in the public funds
the writing or instrument in which a contract of insurance is embodied; an instrument in writing containing the terms and conditions on which one party engages to indemnify another against loss arising from certain hazards, perils, or risks to which his person or property may be exposed. See Insurance
a method of gambling by betting as to what numbers will be drawn in a lottery; as, to play policy
Origin: [F. police; cf. Pr. polissia, Sp. plizia, It. plizza; of uncertain origin; cf. L. pollex thumb (as being used in pressing the seal), in LL. also, seal; or cf. LL. politicum, poleticum, polecticum, L. polyptychum, account book, register, fr. Gr. having many folds or leaves; many + fold, leaf, from to fold; or cf. LL. apodixa a receipt.]
A policy is a principle or rule to guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes. A policy is a statement of intent, and is implemented as a procedure or protocol. Policies are generally adopted by the Board of or senior governance body within an organization whereas procedures or protocols would be developed and adopted by senior executive officers. Policies can assist in both subjective and objective decision making. Policies to assist in subjective decision making would usually assist senior management with decisions that must consider the relative merits of a number of factors before making decisions and as a result are often hard to objectively test e.g. work-life balance policy. In contrast policies to assist in objective decision making are usually operational in nature and can be objectively tested e.g. password policy. The term may apply to government, private sector organizations and groups, and individuals. Presidential executive orders, corporate privacy policies, and parliamentary rules of order are all examples of policy. Policy differs from rules or law. While law can compel or prohibit behaviors, policy merely guides actions toward those that are most likely to achieve a desired outcome.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pol′i-si, n. the art or manner of regulating or guiding conduct: the method and forms according to which the government and business of a country are carried on: a system of administration guided more by interest than by principle: dexterity of management: prudence: cunning: in Scotland, (esp. in pl.) the pleasure-grounds around a mansion. [O. Fr. policie (Fr. police)—L. politia—Gr. politeia.]
pol′i-si, n. a warrant for money in the funds: a writing containing a contract of insurance: a kind of gambling by betting on the numbers to be drawn in a lottery.—n. Pol′icy-hold′er, one who holds a policy or contract of insurance. [Fr. police, a policy—L. polyptychum, a register—Gr. polyptychon—polys, many, ptyx, ptychos, fold.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
Leaving a few things unsaid.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'policy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #332
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'policy' in Written Corpus Frequency: #421
Rank popularity for the word 'policy' in Nouns Frequency: #61
The numerical value of policy in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of policy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Incidents should not govern policy; but, policy incidents.
Honesty may be the best policy, but it's important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy.
Certainly he is not of the generation that regards honesty as the best policy. However, he does regard it as a policy. (On President Richard M Nixon)
G20 countries should increase policy communication and coordination, form policy consensus and guide market expectations, making monetary policy more forward-looking and transparent and increase the effectiveness of fiscal policy.
Judge Jones' ruling underscores the urgency of our work to develop and implement a clear, fair and comprehensive new personal conduct policy, we expect this policy to be completed and announced in the weeks ahead. Our focus is on consistently enforcing an improved policy going forward.
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Translations for policy
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- سياسة, سند تأمينArabic
- políticaCatalan, Valencian
- politika, pojistkaCzech
- Politik, Versicherungspolice, PoliceGerman
- política, pólizaSpanish
- linja, politiikka, vakuutuskirjaFinnish
- politique, policeFrench
- politika, kötvényHungarian
- politica, polizzaItalian
- 政策, 契約内容, 施策, 規約, ポリシー, 方針Japanese
- 政策, 정책Korean
- kaupapa hereMāori
- beleid, polis, politiek, verzekeringscontract, tactiek, voorzichtigheidDutch
- poliseNorwegian Nynorsk
- politikk, poliseNorwegian
- polityka, polisaPolish
- política, apólicePortuguese
- политика, полиcRussian
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