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pol·i·ty

 (pŏl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. pol·i·ties
1. The form of government of a nation, state, church, or organization.
2. 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).

[Obsolete French politie, from Old French, from Late Latin polītīa, the Roman government; see police.]

polity

(ˈpɒlɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a form of government or organization of a state, church, society, etc; constitution
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a politically organized society, state, city, etc
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the management of public or civil affairs
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) political organization
[C16: from Latin polītīa, from Greek politeia citizenship, civil administration, from politēs citizen, from polis city]

pol•i•ty

(ˈpɒl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. a particular form or system of government: civil polity; ecclesiastical polity.
2. a state or other organized community or body.
3. the condition of being constituted as a state or other organized community or body.
4. government or administrative regulation.
[1530–40; < Latin polītīa < Greek polīteía citizenship, government =polite-, variant s. of politēs citizen (see polis, -ite1) + -ia -ia]

polity

Any form of government or organized society.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.polity - the form of government of a social organizationpolity - the form of government of a social organization
order - established customary state (especially of society); "order ruled in the streets"; "law and order"
2.polity - a politically organized unit
organization, organisation - a group of people who work together
authorities, government, regime - the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit; "the government reduced taxes"; "the matter was referred to higher authorities"
3.polity - shrewd or crafty management of public affairs; "we was innocent of stratagems and polity"
administration, disposal - a method of tending to or managing the affairs of a some group of people (especially the group's business affairs)

polity

noun
An organized geopolitical unit:
Translations

polity

[ˈpɒlɪtɪ] N (= form of government) → gobierno m, forma f de gobierno; (= politically organized state) → estado m

polity

n (= form of government)politische Ordnung, Staats- or Regierungsform f; (= politically organized society)Staat (→ swesen nt) m, → Gemeinwesen nt; (= management of public affairs)Staatsverwaltung f
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But, after all, what worked most to the young carpenter's disadvantage was, first, the reserve and sternness of his natural disposition, and next, the fact of his not being a church-communicant, and the suspicion of his holding heretical tenets in matters of religion and polity.
The reader will here find no regions cursed with irremediable barrenness, or blessed with spontaneous fecundity, no perpetual gloom or unceasing sunshine; nor are the nations here described either devoid of all sense of humanity, or consummate in all private and social virtues; here are no Hottentots without religion, polity, or articulate language, no Chinese perfectly polite, and completely skilled in all sciences: he will discover, what will always be discovered by a diligent and impartial inquirer, that wherever human nature is to be found there is a mixture of vice and virtue, a contest of passion and reason, and that the Creator doth not appear partial in his distributions, but has balanced in most countries their particular inconveniences by particular favours.
The spirit of clanship which was, at an early day, introduced into that kingdom, uniting the nobles and their dependants by ties equivalent to those of kindred, rendered the aristocracy a constant overmatch for the power of the monarch, till the incorporation with England subdued its fierce and ungovernable spirit, and reduced it within those rules of subordination which a more rational and more energetic system of civil polity had previously established in the latter kingdom.
The scheme of representation, as a substitute for a meeting of the citizens in person, being at most but very imperfectly known to ancient polity, it is in more modern times only that we are to expect instructive examples.
Others will follow, others will outstrip me on the same lines; and I hazard the guess that man will be ultimately known for a mere polity of multifarious, incongruous and independent denizens.
In the polity of winds, as amongst the tribes of the earth, the real struggle lies between East and West.
But, in a government so peculiarly republican as the Indian polity, it was not at all times an easy task to restrain its members within the rules of the nation.
An aristocratic polity produces every now and then an aristocrat who is also an accident, a man of intellectual independence and insight, a Napoleon born in the purple.
The more you mixed with the innermost ring in every polity or profession, the more often you met Sir Wilson Seymour.
Since then we propose to inquire what civil society is of all others best for those who have it in their power to live entirely as they wish, it is necessary to examine into the polity of those states which are allowed to be well governed; and if there should be any others which some persons have described, and which appear properly regulated, to note what is right and useful in them; and when we point out wherein they have failed, let not this be imputed to an affectation of wisdom, for it is because there are great defects in all those which are already 'established, that I have been induced to undertake this work.
Then he would explain complicated questions of polity to imaginary hearers, in low, wily tones.
Thus it will be in nature; for within a confined area, with some place in its polity not so perfectly occupied as might be, natural selection will always tend to preserve all the individuals varying in the right direction, though in different degrees, so as better to fill up the unoccupied place.