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Noun policy has 3 senses


policyn. [L. politia, Gr. ; cf. F. police, Of. police. See Police, n.].
  •  Civil polity.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The settled method by which the government and affairs of a nation are, or may be, administered; a system of public or official administration, as designed to promote the external or internal prosperity of a state.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The method by which any institution is administered; system of management; course.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Management or administration based on temporal or material interest, rather than on principles of equity or honor; hence, worldly wisdom; dexterity of management; cunning; stratagem.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Prudence or wisdom in the management of public and private affairs; wisdom; sagacity; wit.  [1913 Webster]
    "The very policy of a hostess, finding his purse so far above his clothes, did detect him."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Motive; object; inducement.  [1913 Webster]
    "What policy have you to bestow a benefit where it is counted an injury?"  [1913 Webster]
Syn. -- See Polity.
policyv. t. 
     To regulate by laws; to reduce to order.  Bacon.  [1913 Webster]
policyn. [F. police; cf. Pr. polissia, Sp. pólizia, It. pólizza; of uncertain origin; cf. L. pollex thumb (as being used in pressing the seal), in LL. also, seal; or cf. LL. politicum, poleticum, polecticum, L. polyptychum, account book, register, fr. Gr. having many folds or leaves; many + fold, leaf, from to fold; or cf. LL. apodixa a receipt.].
  •  A ticket or warrant for money in the public funds.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The writing or instrument in which a contract of insurance is embodied; an instrument in writing containing the terms and conditions on which one party engages to indemnify another against loss arising from certain hazards, perils, or risks to which his person or property may be exposed. See Insurance.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A method of gambling by betting as to what numbers will be drawn in a lottery; as, to play policy.  [1913 Webster]
Interest policy, a policy that shows by its form that the assured has a real, substantial interest in the matter insured. -- Open policy, one in which the value of the goods or property insured is not mentioned. -- Policy book, a book to contain a record of insurance policies. -- Policy holder, one to whom an insurance policy has been granted. -- Policy shop, a gambling place where one may bet on the numbers which will be drawn in lotteries. -- Valued policy, one in which the value of the goods, property, or interest insured is specified. -- Wager policy, a policy that shows on the face of it that the contract it embodies is a pretended insurance, founded on an ideal risk, where the insured has no interest in anything insured.


policy, n. (pl. -ies)
1 a course or principle of action adopted or proposed by a government, party, business, or individual etc.
2 prudent conduct; sagacity.

policy, n. (pl. -ies)
1 a contract of insurance.
2 a document containing this.

F police bill of lading, contract of insurance, f. Prov. poliss(i)a prob. f. med.L apodissa, apodixa, f. L apodixis f. Gk apodeixis evidence, proof (as APO-, deiknumi show)



accident insurance, action, actuary, annuity, approach, arrangement, assurance, autarky, aviation insurance, bail bond, behavior, bimetallism, bingo, bond, business life insurance, card games, casualty insurance, certificate of insurance, chuck and toss, chuck farthing, chuck-a-luck, circumspection, circumspectness, conduct, consideration, contract by deed, contract of record, contract quasi, cool judgment, course, court bond, covenant of indemnity, crack-loo, crap game, crap shooting, craps, credit insurance, credit life insurance, creed, custom, debenture, debenture bond, deductible, deed, deed of trust, deed poll, design, discreetness, discretion, discrimination, economic self-sufficiency, endowment insurance, family maintenance policy, fan-tan, fidelity bond, fidelity insurance, flood insurance, formal contract, fraternal insurance, free enterprise, free trade, game plan, good judgment, government insurance, governmentalism, group policy, guiding principles, hazard, health insurance, horse racing, implied contract, indent, indenture, industrial life insurance, insurance, insurance agent, insurance broker, insurance company, insurance man, insurance policy, interinsurance, judgment, judiciousness, keno, laissez-faire, laissez-faireism, liability insurance, license bond, limited payment insurance, line, localism, lotto, major medical insurance, malpractice insurance, managed currency, management, marine insurance, method, mortgage deed, mutual company, noninterference, nonintervention, nullification, ocean marine insurance, parol contract, party line, party principle, permit bond, pinball, pitch and toss, plan of action, planned economy, platform, polity, position, position paper, practice, price supports, principles, procedure, program, promissory note, protection, protectionism, protocol, providence, prudence, prudentialism, public policy, pump-priming, recognizance, reflection, reflectiveness, regulation, robbery insurance, rouge et noir, roulette, rule, scheme, sectionalism, shell game, social security, sound judgment, soundness of judgment, special contract, specialty, specialty contract, stock company, strategy, sweepstake, sweepstakes, system, tactics, term insurance, the numbers, the numbers game, theft insurance, thoughtfulness, title deed, trente-et-quarante, underwriter, way, ways and means, weighing




N plan, scheme, design, project, proposal, proposition, suggestion, resolution, motion, precaution, deep- laid plan, system, organization, germ, sketch, skeleton, outline, draught, draft, ebauche, brouillon, rough cast, rough draft, draught copy, copy, proof, revise, drawing, scheme, schematic, graphic, chart, flow chart (representation), forecast, program, programme, prospectus, carte du pays, card, bill, protocol, order of the day, list of agenda, bill of fare, base of operations, platform, plank, slate, ticket, role, policy, contrivance, invention, expedient, receipt, nostrum, artifice, device, pipelaying, stratagem, trick, alternative, loophole, shift, last shift, measure, step, stroke, stroke of policy, master stroke, trump card, court card, cheval de bataille, great gun, coup, coup d'etat, clever stroke, bold stroke, good move, good hit, good stroke, bright thought, bright idea, intrigue, cabal, plot, conspiracy, complot, machination, subplot, underplot, counterplot, schemer, schemist, schematist, strategist, machinator, projector, artist, promoter, designer, conspirator, intrigant, planned, strategic, strategical, planning, prepared, in course of preparation, under consideration, on the tapis, on the carpet, on the floor.


N conduct, behavior, deportment, comportment, carriage, maintien, demeanor, guise, bearing, manner, observance, dealing, transaction, business, tactics, game, game plan, policy, polity, generalship, statesmanship, seamanship, strategy, strategics, plan, management, husbandry, housekeeping, housewifery, stewardship, menage, regime, economy, economics, political economy, government, execution, manipulation, treatment, campaign, career, life, course, walk, race, record, course of conduct, line of conduct, line of action, line of proceeding, role, process, ways, practice, procedure, modus operandi, MO, method of operating, method, path, conducting, strategical, businesslike, practical, executive.

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