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polity

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To save this word, you’ll need to log in.Log In pol·​i·​ty | \ ˈpä-lə-tē  \plural polities

Definition of polity

1political organization2a specific form of political organization3politically organized unit4athe form or constitution of a politically organized unitbthe form of government of a religious denominationhttps://5e1ba05d0ba49658cbd8dd7f7708fd0f.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Examples of polity in a Sentence

 the polities of medieval ItalyRecent Examples on the WebThis is due to the mismanagement of the economy and lack of political reforms and restructuring in our Sri Lankan polity.— Anusha Ondaatjie, Bloomberg.com, 19 Apr. 2022All the while, Orban presides over a Hungarian polity in the heart of Europe that would be familiar to a strongman like Putin.— Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2022The dead master, the disappearing homeland, the need to start again in a new polity (post-Soviet Russia for Putin, the new united Germany for Merkel)—the leaders had a great deal in common.— Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, 18 Oct. 2021See More

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First Known Use of polity

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for polity

probably borrowed from Late Latin polītīa “citizenship, political organization, constitution of a state, administrative direction,” with ending conformed to -ITY — more at POLICE entry 1

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