Meaning of polity

pol•i•ty

Pronunciation: (pol'i-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. a particular form or system of government: civil polity; ecclesiastical polity.
  2. the condition of being constituted as a state or other organized community or body: The polity of ancient Athens became a standard for later governments.
  3. government or administrative regulation: The colonists demanded independence in matters of internal polity.
  4. a state or other organized community or body.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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