Definitions of policy

  1. To regulate by laws; to reduce to order.
  2. In Scotland, pleasure- grounds round a mansion. See Police.
  3. written contract or certificate of insurance; " you should have read the small print on your policy"
  4. a plan of action adopted by an individual or social group; " it was a policy of retribution"; " a politician keeps changing his policies"
  5. One that covers a group or class of things or properties instead of one or more things mentioned individually, as where a mortgage secures various debts as a group, or subjects a group or class of different pieces of property to one general lien.
  6. Civil polity.
  7. The method by which any institution is administered; system of management; course.
  8. 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.
  9. Prudence or wisdom in the management of public and private affairs; wisdom; sagacity; wit.
  10. Motive; object; inducement.
  11. A ticket or warrant for money in the public funds.
  12. 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.
  13. A method of gambling by betting as to what numbers will be drawn in a lottery; as, to play policy.
  14. The art or method of government; management of public affairs; course of conduct or action; action based on advantage rather than on right; prudence; cunning; a document containing a contract of insurance.
  15. The art or manner of governing a nation: a system of official administration: dexterity of management: prudence: cunning: in Scotland, the pleasure- grounds around a mansion.
  16. A warrant for money in the public funds: a writing containing a contract of insurance.
  17. Art or system of governing or conduct; prudence; a contract of insurance.
  18. Prudence; sagacity; finesse; artifice.
  19. A course or plan of action, as of a government.
  20. A written contract of insurance.
  21. Art or manner of governing a nation; the system of state administration; management adopted and pursued by a government; system of regulative measures; prudence, wisdom, cunning, or dexterity of management.
  22. A warrant for money in the public funds; a writing or instrument by which a contract or indemnity is effected.
  23. The art or manner of conducting public affairs professed by a party in the state; prudence or wisdom in rulers or individuals in the management of affairs; dexterity or art in management; in Scot., extensive pleasure grounds around a mansion- hose, originally the tract or district within which authority was exercised.