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Topic: POLICIES

Sense: 1,3
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: policie, from Late Latin politia; POLICE1
Sense: 2
Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: police 'document, certificate', from Old Italian polizza, from Greek apodeixis 'proof'

policy

noun
     
pol‧i‧cy S3 W1 plural policies
1 [uncountable and countable] 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 (somebody's) policy to do something
It is hospital policy to screen all mothers with certain risk factors.
2 [countable]BFI a contract with an insurance company, or an official written statement giving all the details of such a contract:
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 [countable] a particular principle that you believe in and that influences the way you behave
it is somebody's policy to do something
It's always been my policy not to gossip.
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