policy

policy
pol|i|cy
W1S3 [ˈpɔlısi US ˈpa:-] n plural policies
[Sense: 1,3; Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: policie, from Late Latin politia; POLICE1]
[Sense: 2; Date: 1500-1600; : French; Origin: police 'document, certificate', from Old Italian polizza, from Greek apodeixis 'proof']
1.) [U and C]
a way of doing something that has been officially agreed and chosen by a political party, business, or other organization
foreign/economic/public etc policy
a foreign policy adviser
The company has adopted a strict no-smoking policy.
policy on/towards
government policy on higher education
US policy towards China
it is (sb's) policy to do sth
It is hospital policy to screen all mothers with certain risk factors.
2.)
a contract with an insurance company, or an official written statement giving all the details of such a contract
an insurance policy
There's a clause in the policy that I'd like to discuss.
I've just renewed the policy (=arranged for it to continue) .
Does the policy cover theft and fire?
You can take out a policy (=buy one) for as little as $11.00 a month.
3.)
a particular principle that you believe in and that influences the way you behave
it is sb's policy to do sth
It's always been my policy not to gossip.

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  • Policy — Pol i*cy, n. [F. police; cf. Pr. polissia, Sp. p[ o]lizia, It. p[ o]lizza; 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • policy — pol·i·cy 1 / pä lə sē/ n pl cies: an overall plan, principle, or guideline; esp: one formulated outside of the judiciary obligated to consider legislative policy on the matter in their decision policy 2 n pl cies: a contract of insurance; also:… …   Law dictionary

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