1A course or principle of action adopted or proposed by a government, party, business, or individual.‘the administration's controversial economic policies’
plans, strategy, proposed action, blueprint, approach, scheme, stratagem, programme, schedule, code, system, guidelines, intentions, notions, theory, line, position, stance, attitudepractice, custom, procedure, wont, way, tack, routine, matter of course, style, pattern, convention, mode, ruleView synonyms
- ‘it is not company policy to dispense with our older workers’
- ‘Its real failure was that it adopted the policies that you now propose for the SEP.’
- ‘The Commissioners meet once a week to develop and adopt proposals on new policies and legislation.’
- ‘As a whole this group has failed to propose an active policy for the working class.’
- ‘One controversial form of this has been the policy of affirmative redistricting.’
- ‘They are not compatible with Liberal Democrat party policies and principles.’
- ‘Imperialist war is not simply the policy of this or that political leader or party.’
- ‘That means working in the United Nations for the rule of law, not the policy of might is right.’
- ‘The policies that the Government proposes to change have been in place for all that period.’
- ‘I would also ask the committee to consider adopting a policy of precautionary principle.’
- ‘The third reason for the absence of revolution was thus the policy of the Communist party.’
- ‘In west Africa, few countries have adopted national policies to implement these principles.’
- ‘Instead of really disciplining themselves on the policy of growth, what do they do?’
- ‘In this way, the material basis of the policy of social equilibrium is eaten away.’
- ‘The policy of war abroad is invariably bound up with political repression at home.’
- ‘However, this did not mean the end of the policy of support for the pound.’
- ‘There never was an era when the policy of the Lesser Evil made less sense than now.’
- ‘He might take it as a national mandate to pursue the policy of truculent unilateralism.’
- ‘It has been the policy of successive Governments not to provide funds for memorials.’
- ‘If you accept toughness as the test of your policies, why not adopt the toughest policy of all?’
- 1.1archaic Prudent or expedient conduct or action.
- ‘a course of policy and wisdom’
Late Middle English from Old French policie ‘civil administration’, via Latin from Greek politeia ‘citizenship’, from politēs ‘citizen’, from polis ‘city’.
1A contract of insurance.
- ‘they took out a joint policy’
2US historical An illegal lottery or numbers game.
- ‘he swore that he had never played policy in his life’
Mid 16th century from French police ‘bill of lading, contract of insurance’, from Provençal poliss(i)a, probably from medieval Latin apodissa, apodixa, based on Greek apodeixis ‘evidence, proof’, from apodeiknunai ‘demonstrate, show’.