American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The form of government of a nation, state, church, or organization.
- n. An organized society, such as a nation, having a specific form of government: "His alien philosophy found no roots in the American polity” ( New York Times).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Government; form, system, or method of government: as, civil polity; ecclesiastical polity.
- n. Any body of persons forming a community governed according to a recognized system of government.
- n. Policy; art; management; scheme.
- n. Synonyms See policy.
- n. An organizational structure of the government of a state, church, etc.
- n. A politically organized unit; a state.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. Hence: The form or constitution by which any institution is organized; the recognized principles which lie at the foundation of any human institution.
- n. obsolete Policy; art; management.
- n. shrewd or crafty management of public affairs
- n. the form of government of a social organization
- n. a politically organized unit
- From French politie, from Latin politia, from Ancient Greek πολιτεία (politeia, "polity, policy, the state"); see policy. (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete French politie, from Old French, from Late Latin polītīa, the Roman government; see police. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The polity is likewise that of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the chief difference being the provision for a general convention as a constitutional lawmaking body, to be called only when there is under consideration a change in polity or name.”
“Now he is desirous to have his whole plan of government neither a democracy nor an oligarchy, but something between both, which he calls a polity, for it is to be composed of men-at-arms.”
“Since Baptists are congregational in polity you never quite know what to expect from one church to another”
“His Luddite attitudes were and are not very consequential in most Indian discussions because the polity is more concerned today with rent-seeking than with issues arising from the impact of Machinery.”
“Our polity is predicated on an educated electorate.”
“In fact, the use Lady Liberty, as a way of expressing both political identity but also commitment to the polity, is a powerful motif thats repeated again and again across the United States in the 19th century.”
“My vision of a successful modern polity is something more akin to Orange County.”
“The very nature of our polity is based on balancing various sectional interests (Dairy = Wisconsin, California, New England and upstate N. York, etc.) against others.”
“Some say its special polity comes from the huge reservoirs that collect the water in Upstate New York.”
“I would classify it as too liberal as its social polity is libertine (pro-gay, pro-abortion, etc.).”
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