From (etyl) policie, from . Compare police.
(obsolete) The art of governance; political science.
* a. 1616 , (William Shakespeare), Henry V , I.1:
(obsolete) A state; a polity.
(obsolete) A set political system; civil administration.
(obsolete) A trick; a stratagem.
* a. 1594 , (William Shakespeare), Titus Andronicus :
- List his discourse of Warre; and you shall heare / A fearefull Battaile rendred you in Musique. / Turne him to any Cause of Pollicy , / The Gordian Knot of it he will vnloose, / Familiar as his Garter
A principle of behaviour, conduct etc. thought to be desirable or necessary, especially as formally expressed by a government or other authoritative body.
- 'Tis pollicie , and stratageme must doe / That you affect, and so must you resolue, / That what you cannot as you would atcheiue, / You must perforce accomplish as you may.
Wise or advantageous conduct; prudence, formerly also with connotations of craftiness.
* 1813 , Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice , Modern Library Edition (1995), page 140:
- The Communist Party has a policy of returning power to the workers.
- These bitter accusations might have been suppressed, had I with greater policy concealed my struggles, and flattered you
(now, rare) Specifically, political shrewdness or (formerly) cunning; statecraft.
* 1946 , (Bertrand Russell), History of Western Philosophy , I.25:
- The very policy of a hostess, finding his purse so far above his clothes, did detect him.
(Scotland, now, chiefly, in the plural) The grounds of a large country house.
* 1955 , (Robin Jenkins), The Cone-Gatherers , Canongate 2012, page 36:
- Whether he believed himself a god, or only took on the attributes of divinity from motives of policy , is a question for the psychologist, since the historical evidence is indecisive.
(obsolete) Motive; object; inducement.
* Sir Philip Sidney
- Next morning was so splendid that as he walked through the policies towards the mansion house despair itself was lulled.
- What policy have you to bestow a benefit where it is counted an injury?
* policy shift
* endowment policy
* fiscal policy
* honesty is the best policy
* monetary policy
* policy mix
To regulate by laws; to reduce to order.
* Francis Bacon
- Policying of cities.''
From (etyl) police, from (etyl) polizza, from
A contract of insurance
* Your insurance policy covers fire and theft only.
(obsolete) An illegal daily lottery in late nineteenth and early twentieth century USA on numbers drawn from a lottery wheel (no plural )
A number pool lottery
* (number pool) policy racket
A welfare state model with a proactive labour market policy, combining easy hiring and firing (flexibility for employers) and high benefits for the unemployed (security for the employees).