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Usage statistics for the noun policy:

spoken English44.03%written English55.97% conversational speech2.52%task-oriented speech97.48% imaginative writing3.7%informational writing96.3%
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Definition of the noun policy

What does policy mean as a name of something?

Policy is one of the top 100 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: policies

  1. a plan of action adopted by an individual or social group
  2. a line of argument rationalizing the course of action of a government
    • example: they debated the policy or impolicy of the proposed legislation
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic terms: argument / argumentation / line / line of reasoning / logical argument = a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood
    • more specific terms:
      • clericalism = a policy of supporting the influence and power of the clergy in secular or political matters
      • plank = an endorsed policy in the platform of a political party
      • economic policy = a government policy for maintaining economic growth and tax revenues
      • social policy = a policy of for dealing with social issues
      • party line = the policy of a political group
      • foreign policy = a policy governing international relations
      • zero-tolerance policy = any policy that allows no exception
      • Zionism = a policy for establishing and developing a national homeland for Jews in Palestine
  3. written contract or certificate of insurance
    • example: you should have read the small print on your policy
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of policy: insurance / insurance policy
    • more generic word: contract = a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law
    • more specific terms: floating policy / floater = an insurance policy covering loss of movable property (e.g. jewelry) regardless of its location

Alternative definition of the noun policy

noun

  1. [obsolete] The art of governance; political science. [definition 14th-18th c.]
  2. [obsolete] A state; a polity. [definition 14th-16th c.]
  3. [obsolete] A set political system; civil administration. [definition 15th-19th c.]
  4. [obsolete] A trick; a stratagem. [definition 15th-19th c.]
  5. A principle of behaviour, conduct etc. thought to be desirable or necessary, especially as formally expressed by a government or other authoritative body. [definition from 15th c.]
  6. Wise or advantageous conduct; prudence, formerly also with connotations of craftiness. [definition from 15th c.]
  7. [context: now rare] Specifically, political shrewdness or (formerly) cunning; statecraft. [definition from 15th c.]
  8. A contract of insurance
  9. [obsolete] An illegal daily lottery in late nineteenth and early twentieth century USA on numbers drawn from a lottery wheel (no plural)
  10. A number pool lottery

Specialised definition of the noun policy

Glossary of finance / insurance

a contract that describes the terms, deductibles, premiums, and contractual obligations of the insurance company and the policyholder

Music

  1. "Policy" is the first solo studio album by Martha Davis, who is better known as the lead singer for the band The Motels. Martha broke up with her band in February 1987, declaring that she was going solo, and by November, she had released her first solo album.
  2. "Policy" is a musical album of William Butler.
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Miscellanea

Policy: A policy is a principle to guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes. A policy is a statement of intent, and is implemented as a procedure or protocol. Policies are generally adopted by the Board of or senior governance body within an organization whereas procedures or protocols would be developed and adopted by senior executive officers. Policies can assist in both subjective and objective decision making. Policies to assist in subjective decision making would usually assist senior management with decisions that must consider the relative merits of a number of factors before making decisions and as a result are often hard to objectively test e.g. work-life balance policy. In contrast policies to assist in objective decision making are usually operational in nature and can be objectively tested e.g. password policy.

Phrases with Policy

Phrases starting with the word Policy:

  1. Policy mix
  2. Policy Wonk
  3. policy maker
  4. policy change
  5. policy-making
  6. Policy Economy

Phrases ending with the word Policy:

  1. tax policy
  2. Exit Policy
  3. Walk Policy
  4. Title Policy
  5. trade policy
  6. fiscal policy
  7. Public policy
  8. social policy
  9. defence policy
  10. defense policy
  11. foreign policy
  12. Privacy policy
  13. economic policy
  14. floating policy

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Policy

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Google previewBusiness Law (1999)

by R S N Pillai

Public policy is that principle of law which holds that no citizen can lawfully do that which is injurious to the public or is against the interest of the society or the state. Broadly...

However, in different case laws it has been held that public policy is a vague, unlimited and elastic term.

Public policy is an illusive concept .

Google previewLegal Aspect of Business (Mercantile Law) (2011)

by R S N Pillai

Public policy is that principle of law which holds that no citizen can lawfully do that which is injurious to the public or is against the interest of the society or the state. Broadly...

However, in different case laws it has been held that public policy is a vague, unlimited and elastic term.

Public policy is an illusive concept .

Google previewInformation Security and Cryptology (2006)

Second SKLOIS Conference, Inscrypt 2006, Beijing, China, November 29 - December 1, 2006, Proceedings by Helger Lipmaa, Moti Young, Donghai Lin

Security policy is the core of the whole system already, whose correctness determines the system security directly.

In terms of its characteristics, security policy is an illustrative, permanent criterion made to regulate behavioral choice in a computer...

Security policy is a set of rules which control the management of man and resources, and the rule is composed of condition, action and role, such that the ...

Google previewEssentials of Economics (2016)

Economics, Economics by CTI Reviews

Monetary policy is the process by which the monetary authority of a country controls the supply of money, often targeting a rate of interest for the purpose of promoting economic growth and stability. The official goals usually include relatively ...

Google previewMinorities and Diversity (2011)

by Kunihiro Kimura

Family policy is a polysemic concept, but Shoji Yoko defines family policies as 'individual policies which are ...

Google previewThe Public Policy Theory Primer (2013)

by Kevin B. Smith, Christopher W. Larimer

its core, public policy is a response to a perceived problem (Birkland 2001).

Google previewThe Revised Reports (1909)

Being a Republication of Such Cases in the English Courts of Common Law and Equity, from the Year 1785, as are Still of Practical Utility ... by Frederick Pollock, Robert Campbell, Oliver Augustus Saunders, Arthur Beresford Cane, Joseph Gerald Pease, William Bowstead

Blackburn, in support of the plea: That which is sought "to be secured by the policy is the profit. The event assured is the arrival of the ship and goods safely. The policy is a gaming policy; it is without benefit of salvage. Profits are insurable as a ...

Google previewCurrent Perspectives in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Behavior (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Improving the structure of the book for better communication of the standards Policy: A policy is a principle or protocol to...

public policy: Public policy is the principled guide to action taken ...

Google previewFood Safety Governance (2009)

Integrating Science, Precaution and Public Involvement by Marion Dreyer, Ortwin Renn

Risk assessment policy is the term used by the Codex Alimentarius Commission to describe documented guidelines on the choice of...

From the point of view of Codex, risk assessment policy is a task to be carried out by risk managers.

Google previewIndia's Israel Policy (2010)

by P. R. Kumaraswamy

Middle East policy is a recent phenomenon. In India, however, a powerful segment has been highly critical of the pro-Arab slant of its ...

Google previewCoreEconomics (2016)

by CTI Reviews

A policy is a principle or protocol to guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes. A policy is a statement of intent, and is implemented as a procedure or protocol. Policies are...

Public policy is the principled guide ...

Google previewEnergy Market and Policies in ASEAN (1991)

by Shankar Sharma, Fereidun Fesharaki

Pricing policy is the most important tool of energy demand management. Governments of all countries are involved in one way or another in the price- setting process. The retail prices of petroleum products deviated from the international prices ...

Google previewManagement of Hospitals and Health Services (2003)

Strategic Issues and Performance by Rockwell Schulz, Alton Cornelius Johnson

POLICIES Policy is a very slippery concept. In its general, all-inclusive sense, policy is a guide to action.

Google previewWiley CPA Examination Review 2013-2014, Problems and Solutions (2013)

by O. Ray Whittington

is correct because a firm's collec— tion policy is the diligence used to collect slow paying accounts. Answer...

is incorrect because the credit policy is a firm's require— ments for customers in order to grant them credit.

Google previewWiley CPA Exam Review 2012, Business Environment and Concepts (2011)

by O. Ray Whittington, Patrick R. Delaney

is correct because a firm's collection policy is the diligence used to collect slow paying accounts. Answer...

is incorrect because the credit policy is a firm's requirements for customers in order to grant them credit. Answer ...

Google previewPublic Policymaking (2010)

by James E. Anderson

Political System Laws Decisions According to the group theory of politics, public policy is the product of the group struggle. One writer states, “What may be called public policy is the equilibrium reached in this [group] struggle at any given ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Social Policy (2013)

by Tony Fitzpatrick, Huck-ju Kwon, Nick Manning, James Midgley, Gillian Pascall

LIFE COURSE For most of the twentieth century a pri- mary motivation of social policy was the need to support individuals and families through critical stages of the life course. This is illustrated by the embodiment of life course stages in the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Foreign Policy (2009)

by Glenn P. Hastedt

Russia Carter's human-rights policy sought to deemphasize the centrality. 409 R.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy (2009)

by James A Beverly, David Andrew Schultz

During this period, as the United States was increasing its involvement in the war and faced with increasing costs, policy makers considered the sales tax as a possible source of new revenue. The sales tax emerged as a leading contender, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the U.S. Government and the Environment: History, Policy, and Politics [2 volumes] (2010)

History, Policy, and Politics by Matthew J. Lindstrom Ph.D.

History, Policy, and Politics Matthew J. Lindstrom Ph.D. law extended to preparing and adopting ''comprehensive programs eliminating or reducing the pollution of interstate waters and tributaries thereof.'' The law required a four-step process ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Language and Education (2012)

Language Policy and Political Issues in Education by Ruth Wodak, P. Corson

LANGUAGE POLICY AND EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES The purpose of this review is to provide a balanced description of important aspects of language policy in the U.S. as they relate, either directly or indirectly, to educational ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Climate Change and the Environment (2012)

Economics, Science and Policy by R. Quentin Grafton, Harry W. Nelson, N. Ross Lambie, Paul R. Wyrwoll

Policy: A. Primer. 1. THE SCIENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE The term climate change refers to a global change in the Earth's climate patterns that can manifest as cooling or warming trends, as well as other meteorological changes.

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Usage statistics about policy

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun policy:

spoken English44.03%written English55.97% conversational speech2.52%task-oriented speech97.48% imaginative writing3.7%informational writing96.3%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun policy:

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Quotes about Policy

Foreign policy can mean several things, not only foreign policy in the narrow sense. It can cover foreign policy, relations with the developing world, and enlargement as well. (Romano Prodi)
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Scrabble value of P3O1L1I1C3Y4

The value of this 6-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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