What does policy mean?

Definitions for policy
ˈpɒl ə sipol·i·cy

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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"

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

  11. 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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Policy

    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.]

  2. Policy

    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. polyptychonpolys, many, ptyx, ptychos, fold.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. policy

    Leaving a few things unsaid.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. policy

    A written contract, by which the insurers oblige themselves to indemnify sea-risks under various conditions. An interest policy, is where the insurer has a real assignable interest in the thing insured; a wager policy, is where the insurer has no substantial interest in the thing insured; an open policy, is where the amount of interest is not fixed, but left to be ascertained in case of loss; a valued policy, is where an actual value has been set on the ship or goods.

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of policy in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of policy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of policy in a Sentence

  1. Chad Moutray:

    It's an insurance policy.

  2. Chad Moutray:

    It’s an insurance policy.

  3. Serhii Kostynskyi:

    It's a total policy of banditry.

  4. Lior Amihai:

    This indicates government policy.

  5. Allison Wint:

    I did not know about this policy.

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