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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ How does it compare with other polities?
▪ Individual members of the participant polity may be favorably or unfavorably oriented to the various classes of political objects.
▪ It is suggested that citizenship is a relationship between an individual and a polity.
▪ Its emerging democratic polity and guided market economy are also similar.
▪ The dynamic forces within society and in the economy eventually came into conflict with a national polity which sought to avoid change.
▪ The greatest level of polity - political organisation - is democratic self-government.
▪ They may simply not yet have accepted that Gloucester now had his own ambitions beyond the preservation of his brother's polity.
▪ What, then, of their polities?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Polity \Pol"i*ty\, n.; pl. Polities. [L. politia, Gr. ?: cf. F. politie. See 1st Policy, Police.]

  1. The form or constitution of the civil government of a nation or state; the framework or organization by which the various departments of government are combined into a systematic whole.
    --Blackstone. Hooker.

  2. Hence: The form or constitution by which any institution is organized; the recognized principles which lie at the foundation of any human institution.

    Nor is possible that any form of polity, much less polity ecclesiastical, should be good, unless God himself be author of it.

  3. Policy; art; management. [Obs.]
    --B. Jonson.

    Syn: Policy.

    Usage: Polity, Policy. These two words were originally the same. Polity is now confined to the structure of a government; as, civil or ecclesiastical polity; while policy is applied to the scheme of management of public affairs with reference to some aim or result; as, foreign or domestic policy. Policy has the further sense of skillful or cunning management.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1530s, from Middle French politie (early 15c.) or directly from Late Latin polita "organized government" (see policy (n.1)).


n. 1 (context politics English) An organizational structure of the government of a state, church, etc. 2 (context political science English) A politically organized unit; a state.

  1. n. the form of government of a social organization [syn: civil order]

  2. a politically organized unit

  3. shrewd or crafty management of public affairs; "we was innocent of stratagems and polity"


A polity is any kind of political entity. It is a group of people that are collectively united by a self-reflected cohesive force such as identity, that have a capacity to mobilise resources, and are organised by some form of institutionalised hierarchy.

Polity (disambiguation)

Polity is a general term that refers to political organization of a group.

Polity may also refer to:

  • Ecclesiastical polity, the system of church governance
  • Polity (publisher), a UK-based social sciences and humanities publisher
  • Polity data series, a research project in political science
  • Student Polity Association Inc., or Polity, the defunct student government at Stony Brook University
  • The Polity, the setting for several series of science-fiction novels written by Neal Asher
Polity (publisher)

Polity is an international publisher in the social sciences and humanities. It publishes around 100 books a year in sociology, politics, philosophy, media and cultural studies, health studies, literary studies, history, anthropology and related subjects. Its books range from core textbooks to cutting-edge scholarly work. Polity publishes some of the world's leading thinkers in social and political theory and philosophy.

Polity also publishes nonfiction for a general readership, including history, biography, politics and current affairs. Its biographies include Joachim Radkau's Max Weber, Fidel Castro, Albert Einstein, Joachim Fest's Albert Speer, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, and David Beckham.

Polity is an independent publisher that was established in 1984. Its editorial offices are located in Cambridge in the UK; it also has offices in Oxford, UK, and in Boston, USA. Polity's books are sold and distributed under the Polity imprint throughout the world.

Usage examples of "polity".

The unity of the Church lay, not in its being a polity, but in its being a family, a race, coming down by apostolical descent from its first founders and bishops.

Add to that the appearance of this new polity, claiming to be from the future, among the multifarious Germanies.

Then they linked their newly created habitats to a Router network looted from a dead alien civilization, now repurposed by posthumans to carry wormhole traffic between the ever-expanding mesh of interstellar polities.

There was money enough to house and reskill everyone, and a governing polity that actively courted immigration.

Their leader was that Ataulfus whose truly statesmanlike reflections on the unwisdom of destroying the Roman Empire and the necessity of incorporating the barbarians with its polity have been already quoted.

You have but emerged from primitive conditions: we have a literature, a priesthood, an agelong history and a polity.

New Japan is one of the newer human polities in this system, a bunch of nodes physically colocated in the humaniformed spaces of the colony cylinders.

I believe it can and does apply most efficiently, from the simple circumstance that the more diversified the descendants from any one species become in structure, constitution, and habits, by so much will they be better enabled to seize on many and widely diversified places in the polity of nature, and so be enabled to increase in numbers.

There would be complexities, difficulties, and at least two alternate plans had to be prepared, depending on which faction was in control of the Neptunian polity.

Rome take place in consequence of the Tracts for the Times, I do not impute blame to them, but to those who, instead of acknowledging such Anglican principles of theology and ecclesiastical polity as they contain, set themselves to oppose them.

Its action depends on there being places in the polity of nature, which can be better occupied by some of the inhabitants of the country undergoing modification of some kind.

Force Levels and Iraq After Saddam Reconstructing Iraq The Limits of Knowledge and Planning First Things First: Security and Humanitarian Considerations The Importance of the United Nations Following the Bosnia Model Administering the Country and Building a New Polity Military Reform Truth and Reconciliation A Necessary Task CONCLUSIONS: Not Whether, But When Half Measures Will No Longer Work Risks and Costs Sooner or Later?

To sum up, I believe that species come to be tolerably well-defined objects, and do not at any one period present an inextricable chaos of varying and intermediate links: firstly, because new varieties are very slowly formed, for variation is a very slow process, and natural selection can do nothing until favourable variations chance to occur, and until a place in the natural polity of the country can be better filled by some modification of some one or more of its inhabitants.

I have never experienced cosmic conscious­ness, never joined in a true coadunation of minds, never experienced even the least hint of those awesome precursors to Unity that the young operants of the modern, post-Re­bellion Human Polity yearn after and mind-whisper about.

That marvelous coloratura, entombed on laser-read record flecks, was preserved forever while the singer herself was silenced, sacrificed along with so many other things for the alleged greater good of the Human Polity of the Galactic Milieu.