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pol·i·cy 1

 (pŏl′ĭ-sē)
n. pl. pol·i·cies
1. 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.
2.
a. A course of action, guiding principle, or procedure considered expedient, prudent, or advantageous: Honesty is the best policy.
b. Prudence, shrewdness, or sagacity in practical matters: It is never good policy to speak rashly.

[Middle English policie, art of government, civil organization, from Old French; see police.]

pol·i·cy 2

 (pŏl′ĭ-sē)
n. pl. pol·i·cies
1. A written contract or certificate of insurance.
2. A numbers game.

[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.]

policy

(ˈpɒlɪsɪ)
n, pl -cies
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a plan of action adopted or pursued by an individual, government, party, business, etc
2. wisdom, prudence, shrewdness, or sagacity
3. (often plural) Scot the improved grounds surrounding a country house
[C14: from Old French policie, from Latin polītīa administration, polity]

policy

(ˈpɒlɪsɪ)
n, pl -cies
(Insurance) a document containing a contract of insurance
[C16: from Old French police certificate, from Old Italian polizza, from Latin apodixis proof, from Greek apodeixis demonstration, proof]

pol•i•cy1

(ˈpɒl ə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. a definite course of action adopted for the sake of expediency, facility, etc.: a new company policy.
2. a course of action adopted and pursued by a government, ruler, political party, etc.: U.S. trade policy.
3. action or procedure conforming to or considered with reference to prudence or expediency.
4. prudence, practical wisdom, or expediency.
5. government; polity.
[1350–1400; Middle English policie government, civil administration < Middle French < Latin polītīa polity]

pol•i•cy2

(ˈpɒl ə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. a document embodying a contract of insurance.
2. a method of gambling in which bets are made on numbers to be drawn by lottery.
[1555–65; < Middle French police (< Italian polizza < Medieval Latin apodīxa receipt « Greek apódeixis a showing or setting forth; see apodictic, -sis) + -y3]

policy

- Meaning "insurance document," it is from a French word meaning "certificate, contract," from an earlier Latin word meaning "a receipt or security for money paid."
See also related terms for security.

politics

policypolitical
1. 'politics'

The noun politics is usually used to refer to the methods by which people get, keep, and use power in a country or society.

She is interested in a career in politics.
Her parents never discussed politics.

When politics is used like this, you can use either a singular or plural form of a verb with it. It is more common to use a singular form.

Politics is sometimes about compromise.
American politics are very interesting.

Politics can refer to a particular set of beliefs about how countries should be governed or power should be used. When you use politics like this, you use a plural form of a verb with it.

I think his politics are are quite conservative.

Politics can also refer to the study of the ways in which countries are governed, and of the ways in which people get and use power. When you use politics like this, you must use a singular form of a verb with it.

Politics is often studied together with Economics.
2. 'policy'

There is no noun 'politic'. To refer to a course of action or plan that has been agreed upon by a government or political party, use policy.

He criticized the government's education policy.
3. 'political'

Don't use 'politic' as an adjective to mean 'relating to politics'. Use political.

The government is facing a political crisis.
Do you belong to a political party?
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.policy - a plan of action adopted by an individual or social group; "it was a policy of retribution"; "a politician keeps changing his policies"
activism - a policy of taking direct and militant action to achieve a political or social goal
beggar-my-neighbor policy, beggar-my-neighbor strategy, beggar-my-neighbour policy, beggar-my-neighbour strategy - a policy of promoting oneself at the expense of others; used especially of national policy; "the United States has pursued a beggar-my-neighbor policy"
plan of action - a plan for actively doing something
centralism - the political policy of concentrating power in a central organization
containment - a policy of creating strategic alliances in order to check the expansion of a hostile power or ideology or to force it to negotiate peacefully; "containment of communist expansion was a central principle of United States' foreign policy from 1947 to the 1975"
moderationism - the policy of being moderate or acting with moderation
obscurantism - a policy of opposition to enlightenment or the spread of knowledge
Thatcherism - (England) the political policy of Margaret Thatcher
ultramontanism - (Roman Catholic Church) the policy that the absolute authority of the church should be vested in the pope
2.policy - a line of argument rationalizing the course of action of a governmentpolicy - a line of argument rationalizing the course of action of a government; "they debated the policy or impolicy of the proposed legislation"
line of reasoning, logical argument, argumentation, argument, line - a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning; "I can't follow your line of reasoning"
clericalism - a policy of supporting the influence and power of the clergy in secular or political matters
plank - an endorsed policy in the platform of a political party
economic policy - a government policy for maintaining economic growth and tax revenues
social policy - a policy of for dealing with social issues
party line - the policy of a political group; "He won in a vote along party lines"
foreign policy - a policy governing international relations
zero-tolerance policy - any policy that allows no exception; "a zero-tolerance policy toward pedophile priests"
Zionism - a policy for establishing and developing a national homeland for Jews in Palestine
3.policy - written contract or certificate of insurancepolicy - written contract or certificate of insurance; "you should have read the small print on your policy"
contract - a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law
floating policy, floater - an insurance policy covering loss of movable property (e.g. jewelry) regardless of its location

policy

noun
1. procedure, plan, action, programme, practice, scheme, theory, code, custom, stratagem plans which include changes in foreign policy
2. line, rules, approach, guideline, protocol significant changes in Britain's policy on global warming

policy

noun
An official or prescribed plan or course of action:
Translations
بوليصَة تأمبنسِياسَه
pojistkapolitikasměrnice
policepolitik
linjapolitiikka
kötvénypolitika
stefnatryggingarsamningur
ポリシー契約内容政策方針施策
polisepolitika
policapolitika
politik

policy

1 [ˈpɒlɪsɪ]
A. N
1. (gen, principles) → política f; [of party, at election] → programa m; [of newspaper] → normas fpl de conducta
it's a matter of policyes cuestión de política
that's not my policyése no es mi sistema
to change one's policycambiar de táctica
it is a good/bad policyes buena/mala táctica
it would be contrary to public policy to do thisiría en contra del interés nacional hacer esto
2. (o.f.) (= prudence, prudent procedure) → discreción f
it is policy to wait a few dayses prudente esperar unos días
B. CPD policy decision Ndecisión f de principio
policy statement Ndeclaración f de política

policy

2 [ˈpɒlɪsɪ] N (also insurance policy) → póliza f
to take out a policysacar una póliza, hacerse un seguro

policy

[ˈpɒlɪsi]
n
[country, government] → politique f policy adviser
[newspaper, company] → politique générale
(also insurance policy) → police f
to take out a policy → souscrire une police d'assurance
modif [document, paper, debate] → de politique générale; [change] → de politique générale; [development, review, objective] → de la politique générale policy prioritypolicy adviser policy advisor n (to organization, prime minister)conseiller/ère m/fpolicy decision ndécision f de principe

policy

:
policy document
nGrundsatzpapier nt, → Grundsatzprogramm nt
policyholder
nVersicherungsnehmer(in) m(f)
policy-maker
nParteiideologe m/-ideologin f
policy-making
adj body, process, rolegrundsatzpolitisch
policy paper
policy unit
n (Brit Pol) → Richtlinienkommission f

policy

1
n
Politik f no pl; (of business)Geschäfts- or Firmenpolitik f(on bei), Praktiken pl (pej) (→ on in Bezug auf +acc); (of team, football manager: = tactics) → Taktik f; (= principle)Grundsatz m; social and economic policyWirtschafts- und Sozialpolitik f; our policy on immigration/recruitmentunsere Einwanderungs-/Einstellungspolitik; what is company policy on this matter?wie sieht die Geschäfts- or Firmenpolitik in diesem Falle aus?; the newspaper followed a policy of attacking the churchdie Zeitung verfolgte eine kirchenfeindliche Linie or Politik; a policy of restricting immigrationeine Politik zur Einschränkung der Einwanderung; a matter of policyeine Grundsatzfrage; policy decisionGrundsatzentscheidung f; policy statementGrundsatzerklärung f; your policy should always be to give people a second chancedu solltest es dir zum Grundsatz machen, Menschen eine zweite Chance zu geben; my policy is to wait and seemeine Devise heißt abwarten; it’s our policy to cater for the mid-twentieswir wenden uns mit unserer Firmenpolitik an die Mittzwanziger; our policy is one of expansionwir verfolgen eine expansionsorientierte Geschäftspolitik
(= prudence, a prudent procedure)Taktik f; policy demands that the government compromisedie Regierung muss aus taktischen Gründen Kompromisse eingehen; it was good/bad policydas war (taktisch) klug/unklug

policy

2
n (also insurance policy)(Versicherungs)police f, → Versicherungsschein m; to take out a policyeine Versicherung abschließen

policy

1 [ˈpɒlɪsɪ]
1. n (gen) → politica; (of newspaper, company) → linea di condotta, prassi f inv
it is our policy to do that → fa parte della nostra prassi or politica fare questo
to follow a policy of → seguire una politica di
the government's policies → la politica del governo
foreign policy → politica estera
it's a matter of policy → è una questione di principio
it would be good/bad policy to do that → sarebbe una buona/cattiva politica fare questo
2. adj (discussion, statement) → sulla linea di condotta

policy

2 [ˈpɒlɪsɪ] n (also insurance policy) → polizza (d'assicurazione)
to take out a policy → fare or stipulare un'assicurazione

policy1

(ˈpoləsi) plural ˈpolicies noun
a planned or agreed course of action usually based on particular principles. the government's policies on education.

policy2

(ˈpoləsi) plural ˈpolicies noun
a (written) agreement with an insurance company. an insurance policy.

policy

n. póliza; reglamento;
insurance ______ de seguros.

policy

n (pl -cies) póliza; política; insurance — póliza de seguro; It’s not our policy to give confidential information over the telephone..No estamos autorizados a proporcionar información confidencial por teléfono.
References in classic literature ?
Bhaer's devotion was sincere, however likewise effective--for honesty is the best policy in love as in law.
Bless my insurance policy, but it's a terrible beast
They were of hostile tribes, brought together by the influence of the American government; and it is worthy of remark, that a common policy led them both to adopt the same subject.
We agreed to this also, but were soon convinced their policy was to take us prisoners.
The invariable answer to their half-humorous comment was the necessities of the mine, and the policy of frequenting the company of capitalists, to enlist their support and confidence.
To confess the truth, it was my greatest apprehension -- as it would never be a measure of policy to turn out so quiet an individual as myself; and it being hardly in the nature of a public officer to resign -- it was my chief trouble, therefore, that I was likely to grow grey and decrepit in the Surveyorship, and become much such another animal as the old Inspector.
It's a game," I went on; "it's a policy and a fraud
I no more felt unduly concerned for the landlord's policy of insurance.
It may have been a flash of honesty in him; or mere prudential policy which, under the circumstance, imperiously forbade the slightest symptom of open disaffection, however transient, in the important chief officer of his ship.
In answer to their inquiry he showed them a clause in the deed which provided that they were to keep the house insured for one thousand dollars, as soon as the present policy ran out, which would happen in a few days.
They are wont to forget that the world is not governed by policy and expediency.
It may be so, it is not for me to say; modesty is the best policy, I think.

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