Definition of polity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɒləti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːləti//
    (pl. polities) (specialist) Belonging to society
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  1. 1[countable] a society as a political unit Such institutions have special significance in a democratic polity. The book offers an introduction to the distinctive nature of the British polity. See related entries: Belonging to society
  2. 2[uncountable] the form or process of government
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from obsolete French politie, via Latin from Greek politeia ‘citizenship, government’, from politēs ‘citizen’, from polis ‘city’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: polity