Definitions for policyˈpɒl ə si

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pol•i•cyˈpɒl ə si(n.)(pl.)-cies.

  1. a definite course of action adopted for the sake of expediency, facility, etc.:

    a new company policy.

  2. a course of action adopted and pursued by a government, ruler, political party, etc.:

    U.S. trade policy.

    Category: Government

  3. action or procedure conforming to or considered with reference to prudence or expediency.

  4. prudence, practical wisdom, or expediency.

  5. government; polity.

    Category: Government

Origin of policy:

1350–1400; ME policie government, civil administration < MF < L polītīapolity

pol•i•cyˈpɒl ə si(n.)(pl.)-cies.

  1. a document embodying a contract of insurance.

  2. a method of gambling in which bets are made on numbers to be drawn by lottery.

    Category: Games

  3. Category: Games

    Ref: numbers pool (def. 1). 1

Origin of policy:

1555–65; < MF police (< It polizza < ML apodīxa receipt 蠐 Gk apódeixis a showing or setting forth; see apodictic , -sis ) + -y3

Princeton's WordNet

  1. policy(noun)

    a plan of action adopted by an individual or social group

    "it was a policy of retribution"; "a politician keeps changing his policies"

  2. policy(noun)

    a line of argument rationalizing the course of action of a government

    "they debated the policy or impolicy of the proposed legislation"

  3. policy, insurance policy, insurance(noun)

    written contract or certificate of insurance

    "you should have read the small print on your policy"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. policy(noun)ˈpɒl ə si

    a rule or principal that guides how sth is done

    company policy; the country's energy/foreign policy

  2. policyˈpɒl ə si

    a contract with an insurance company

    to renew a life insurance policy

Webster Dictionary

  1. Policy(noun)

    civil polity

  2. Policy(noun)

    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

  3. Policy(noun)

    the method by which any institution is administered; system of management; course

  4. Policy(noun)

    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

  5. Policy(noun)

    prudence or wisdom in the management of public and private affairs; wisdom; sagacity; wit

  6. Policy(noun)

    motive; object; inducement

  7. Policy(verb)

    to regulate by laws; to reduce to order

  8. Policy(noun)

    a ticket or warrant for money in the public funds

  9. Policy(noun)

    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

  10. Policy(noun)

    a method of gambling by betting as to what numbers will be drawn in a lottery; as, to play policy

Freebase

  1. Policy

    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.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. policy

    Leaving a few things unsaid.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'policy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #332

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'policy' in Written Corpus Frequency: #421

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'policy' in Nouns Frequency: #61


Translations for policy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

policy(noun)

a (written) agreement with an insurance company

an insurance policy.

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