American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A plan or course of action, as of a government, political party, or business, intended to influence and determine decisions, actions, and other matters: American foreign policy; the company's personnel policy.
- n. A course of action, guiding principle, or procedure considered expedient, prudent, or advantageous: Honesty is the best policy.
- n. Prudence, shrewdness, or sagacity in practical matters.
- n. A written contract or certificate of insurance.
- n. A numbers game.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Polity; administration; public business.
- n. Object or course of conduct, or the principle or body of principles to be observed in conduct; specifically, the system of measures or the line of conduct which a ruler, minister, government, or party adopts and pursues as best for the interests of the country, as regards its foreign or its domestic affairs: as, a spirited foreign policy; the commercial policy of the United States; a policy of peace; public policy.
- n. Prudence or wisdom in action, whether public or private; especially, worldly wisdom: as, honesty is the best policy.
- n. In Scotland, the pleasure-grounds around a nobleman's or gentleman's country house.
- To reduce to order; regulate by laws; police.
- n. A written contract by which a person, company, or party engages to pay a certain sum on certain contingencies, as in the case of fire or shipwreck, in the event of death, etc., on the condition of receiving a fixed sum or percentage on the amount of the risk, or certain periodical payments. See insurance.
- n. A ticket or warrant for money in the public funds.
- n. A form of gambling in which bets are made on numbers to be drawn by lottery. [U. S.]
- n. A contract of insurance
- n. obsolete An illegal daily lottery in late nineteenth and early twentieth century USA on numbers drawn from a lottery wheel (no plural)
- n. A number pool lottery
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Civil polity.
- n. 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.
- n. The method by which any institution is administered; system of management; course.
- n. 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.
- n. Prudence or wisdom in the management of public and private affairs; wisdom; sagacity; wit.
- n. obsolete Motive; object; inducement.
- v. obsolete To regulate by laws; to reduce to order.
- n. A ticket or warrant for money in the public funds.
- n. 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.
- n. A method of gambling by betting as to what numbers will be drawn in a lottery.
- n. a line of argument rationalizing the course of action of a government
- n. a plan of action adopted by an individual or social group
- n. written contract or certificate of insurance
- From Middle French police, from Italian polizza, from Medieval Latin apodissa ("receipt for money"), from Ancient Greek ἀπόδειξις (apodeixis, "proof, declaration") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English policie, art of government, civil organization, from Old French; see police.Obsolete police, from French, contract, bill of lading, from Old French, from Old Italian polizza, alteration of Medieval Latin apodixa, receipt, from Medieval Greek apodeixis, from Greek, proof, from apodeiknunai, to prove : apo-, intensive pref.; see apo- + deiknunai, to show; see deik- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If Greek thought gives us no guidance in foreign policy, it is no more helpful, except very indirectly, in another difficult region, that of _industrial policy_.”
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“In general, the healthier you are, the better the price you will get by buying a term policy the conventional way.”
“Parents can get life insurance for their children in the form of a term policy of five or 10 years, for example or a universal policy, which locks in a rate permanently and has no end-date.”
“Coverage of $250,000 each can be obtained on a term policy for a total of about $120 per month, he says.”
“Sounds like a change in policy is just what we need to weed out you lose cannons and get you the psychotherapy you so clearly need!”
“As an interesting aside, I've never met anyone who actually bought a term policy, checked around to get the cost of a permanent policy with the same death benefit, and then invested the difference in a mutual fund every month.”
“Obama's behavior on the Gaza flotilla hardly deserves the label policy, much less strategy.”
“The reason they are similar in policy is because they are both democrats duh (who disagreed on only 2 or 3 legislative votes).”
“The same kind of hatred for the United States and its neocon Latin American policy is now sweeping through South and Central America.”
“But if has not, a drastic shift in policy is needed immediately.”
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