Definitions for polityˈpɒl ɪ ti
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pol•i•tyˈpɒl ɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.
a particular form or system of government:
civil polity; ecclesiastical polity.
a state or other organized community or body.
the condition of being constituted as a state or other organized community or body.
government or administrative regulation.
Origin of polity:
1530–40; < L polītīa < Gk polīteía citizenship, government =polite-, var. s. of politēs citizen (see polis , -ite1) +-ia -ia
civil order, polity(noun)
the form of government of a social organization
a politically organized unit
shrewd or crafty management of public affairs
"we was innocent of stratagems and polity"
An organizational structure of the government of a state, church, etc.
A politically organized unit; a state.
Origin: From politie, from politia, from πολιτεία; see policy.
the form or constitution of the civil government of a nation or state; the framework or organization by which the various departments of government are combined into a systematic whole
hence: The form or constitution by which any institution is organized; the recognized principles which lie at the foundation of any human institution
policy; art; management
A polity is a state or one of its subordinate civil authorities, such as a province, prefecture, county, municipality, city, or district. It is generally understood to mean a geographic area with a corresponding government. Thomas Hobbes considered bodies politic in this sense in Leviathan. In previous centuries, body politic was also understood to mean "the physical person of the sovereign:" emperor, king or dictator in monarchies and despotisms, and the electorate in republics. In present times, it may also refer to representation of a group, such as ones drawn along the ethnic or the gender lines. Cabinets in liberal democracies are chosen to represent the body politic.
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