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po·lis

 (pō′lĭs)
n. pl. po·leis (-lās′)
A city-state of ancient Greece.

[Greek; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]
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polis

(ˈpɒlɪs)
n, pl poleis (ˈpɒlaɪs)
(Historical Terms) an ancient Greek city-state
[from Greek: city]

polis

(ˈpolɪs)
n
(Law) Scot and Irish the police or a police officer
[C19: a variant pronunciation of police]
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po•lis

(ˈpoʊ lɪs)

n., pl. -leis (-līs).
an ancient Greek city-state.
[1890–95; < Greek pólis, pl. (Ionic) póleis]

-polis

a combining form meaning “city” (metropolis), often used in the formation of place names (Annapolis).
[comb. form representing Greek pólis polis]
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polis

The Greek term for a city-state—an area dominated by and administered from a central fortifiable town.
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Like the ancient Greek city states, Rome provided for deliberation and even the enactment of laws by the masses in popular assemblies.
But in the ancient Greek city states not everybody felt the need to get involved in council administration.