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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Policy  \Pol"i*cy\,  n.;  pl  {Policies}.  [L.  politia,  Gr  ?;  cf 
  F.  police,  Of  police.  See  {Police},  n.] 
  1.  Civil  polity.  [Obs.] 
  2.  The  settled  method  by  which  the  government  and  affairs  of 
  a  nation  are  or  may  be  administered;  a  system  of  public 
  or  official  administration,  as  designed  to  promote  the 
  external  or  internal  prosperity  of  a  state. 
  3.  The  method  by  which  any  institution  is  administered; 
  system  of  management;  course. 
  4.  Management  or  administration  based  on  temporal  or  material 
  interest,  rather  than  on  principles  of  equity  or  honor; 
  hence  worldly  wisdom;  dexterity  of  management;  cunning; 
  5.  Prudence  or  wisdom  in  the  management  of  public  and  private 
  affairs;  wisdom;  sagacity;  wit. 
  The  very  policy  of  a  hostess,  finding  his  purse  so 
  far  above  his  clothes,  did  detect  him  --Fuller. 
  6.  Motive;  object;  inducement.  [Obs.] 
  What  policy  have  you  to  bestow  a  benefit  where  it  is 
  counted  an  injury?  --Sir  P. 
  Syn:  See  {Polity}. 

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