Polity

Pol"i*ty

(?), n.;
pl. Polities (#).
[L. politia, Gr. : cf. F. politie. See 1st Policy, Police.] 1. 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. Blackstone. Hooker.
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2. Hence: The form or constitution by which any institution is organized; the recognized principles which lie at the foundation of any human institution.
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Nor is possible that any form of polity, much less polity ecclesiastical, should be good, unless God himself be author of it.
Hooker.
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3. Policy; art; management. [Obs.] B. Jonson.
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Syn. -- Policy. -- Polity, Policy. These two words were originally the same. Polity is now confined to the structure of a government; as, civil or ecclesiastical polity; while policy is applied to the scheme of management of public affairs with reference to some aim or result; as, foreign or domestic policy. Policy has the further sense of skillful or cunning management.
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