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 for Policies
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Policy \Pol"i*cy\, n.; pl. Policies. [L. politia, Gr. ?; cf.
     F. police, Of. police. See Police, n.]
     1. Civil polity. [Obs.]
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     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.
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     3. The method by which any institution is administered;
        system of management; course.
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     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;
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     5. Prudence or wisdom in the management of public and private
        affairs; wisdom; sagacity; wit.
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              The very policy of a hostess, finding his purse so
              far above his clothes, did detect him. --Fuller.
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     6. Motive; object; inducement. [Obs.]
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              What policy have you to bestow a benefit where it is
              counted an injury?                    --Sir P.
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     Syn: See Polity.
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