Policy Pol"i*cy, n.; pl. {Policies}. [L. politia, Gr. ?; cf. F. police, Of. police. See {Police}, n.] 1. Civil polity. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

3. The method by which any institution is administered; system of management; course. [1913 Webster]

4. 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. [1913 Webster]

5. Prudence or wisdom in the management of public and private affairs; wisdom; sagacity; wit. [1913 Webster]

The very policy of a hostess, finding his purse so far above his clothes, did detect him. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

6. Motive; object; inducement. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

What policy have you to bestow a benefit where it is counted an injury? --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Polity}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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