What does polity mean?

Definitions for polity
ˈpɒl ɪ tipoli·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. civil order, politynoun

    the form of government of a social organization

  2. politynoun

    a politically organized unit

  3. politynoun

    shrewd or crafty management of public affairs

    "we was innocent of stratagems and polity"


  1. politynoun

    An organizational structure of the government of a state, church, etc.

  2. politynoun

    A politically organized unit; a state.

  3. Etymology: From politie, from politia, from πολιτεία; see policy.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. POLITYnoun

    A form of government; civil constitution.

    Etymology: πολιτεία.

    Because the subject, which this position concerneth, is a form of church government or church polity, it behoveth us to consider the nature of the church, as is requisite for men’s more clear and plain understanding, in what respect laws of polity or government are necessary thereunto. Richard Hooker.

    The polity of some of our neighbours hath not thought it beneath the publick care, to promote and reward the improvement of their own language. John Locke, on Education.


  1. Polity

    A polity is an identifiable political entity – a group of people with a collective identity, who are organized by some form of institutionalized social relations, and have a capacity to mobilize resources. A polity can be any other group of people organized for governance (such as a corporate board), the government of a country, or of a country subdivision. A polity may be a republic administered by an elected representative, or the realm of a hereditary monarch.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Politynoun

    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

  2. Politynoun

    hence: The form or constitution by which any institution is organized; the recognized principles which lie at the foundation of any human institution

  3. Politynoun

    policy; art; management


  1. Polity

    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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of polity in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of polity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of polity in a Sentence

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    We tend to interpret them as activities which sort of proclaim the power of one polity, or at least, the allianceofsomenature between the twopolities.

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