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Definition of the noun polity

What does polity mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: polities

  1. the form of government of a social organization
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of polity: civil order
    • more generic word: order = established customary state
  2. a politically organized unit
  3. shrewd or crafty management of public affairs
    • example: we was innocent of stratagems and polity
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: administration / disposal = a method of tending to or managing the affairs of a some group of people

Alternative definition of the noun polity


  1. An organizational structure of the government of a state, church, etc.
  2. A politically organized unit; a nation.


Polity is an international publisher in the social sciences and humanities. It publishes around 100 books a year in sociology, politics, philosophy, media and cultural studies, health studies, literary studies, history, anthropology and related subjects. Its books range from core textbooks to cutting-edge scholarly work. Polity publishes some of the world's leading thinkers in social and political theory and philosophy.


"Polity" is a book by Mark Dever.


Polity: A polity is a state or one of its subordinate civil authorities, such as a province, prefecture, county, municipality, city, or district. It is generally understood to mean a geographic area with a corresponding government. Thomas Hobbes considered bodies politic in this sense in Leviathan. In previous centuries, body politic was also understood to mean "the physical person of the sovereign:" emperor, king or dictator in monarchies and despotisms, and the electorate in republics. In present times, it may also refer to representation of a group, such as ones drawn along ethnic or the gender lines. Cabinets in capitalist democracies are chosen to represent the body politic.

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Google previewOn Oligarchy (2011)

Ancient Lessons for Global Politics by David Edward Tabachnick

The Conundrum: Polity Is a Blend of Two Defective Regimes A striking feature of the classification of regimes is that the lowestranking of the correct...

Google previewIntergenerational Justice (2009)

Rights and Responsibilities in an Intergenerational Polity by Janna Thompson

A polity is an intergenerational community. Citizens are born into a...

Google previewThe Anthem Companion to Talcott Parsons (2016)

by A. Javier Treviño

A polity is an analytical subsystem of action through which the actions of individuals are coordinated toward the attainment...

Google previewThe Dublin Suit (1860)

Decided in the Supreme Judicial Court of New-Hampshire, June 1859. In Chancery. The Attorney-general, at the Relation of Edward F. Abbot and Another, V. the Town of Dublin, B.F. Bridge and Another.Reported Vol. XXXVIII, N.H. Reports by New Hampshire. Supreme Court

The Congregation- alist persuasion applies to those who helieve the Congre- gationalists' polity is that of the New Testament. Such is the evidence of usage of the term Congregational, derived from standard authors. We do not recol- .lect a ...



Polity is the super structure and society provides the infrastructure but however, no political scientist or sociologist can affirm the autonomy of state or society. AN INTRODUCTION The terms state, government, and political system are not ...

Google previewThe English Religious Tradition and the Genius of Anglicanism (2009)

by Geoffrey Rowell

Structurally, then, the Ecclesiastical Polity is a carefully worked answer to seven Puritan propositions. Stemming from the Admonition and Cartwright, these are the general principles of Puritanism; that Scripture alone is the 'rule of all things ...

Google preview'The Tempest' in Context (2015)

Sin, Repentance and Forgiveness by Keith Linley

Prospero's polity is a microcosm of the realities of politics with its tensions and fractures more or less held in control, needing strong leadership and repression of antisocial elements, but threatening to disassemble. It is a reminder that even the ...

Google previewDictionary of Globalization (2006)

by Andrew Jones

Governing Globalization (Cambridge: Polity, 2002) Held, D. and McGrew, A. (eds) Governing Globalization (Cambridge: Polity , 2002) Held, D., McGrew, A., Goldblatt, D. and Perraton, J. 'The Territorial State ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Government and Politics (2013)

2-volume Set by Mary Hawkesworth, Maurice Kogan

The first is the role of the 'state' or the degree of 'stateness' in the polity, and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Reformed Faith (1992)

by Donald K. McKim, David F. Wright

Polity politics is complex; historians will continue to argue over how much Calvinism* aided or hindered the rise of Western democracy. Virtually all agree, however, that this theological tradition — from John Calvin to Jonathan Edwards* to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Protestantism (2005)

by J. Gordon Melton

K 430 polity Church of the Augsburg Confession) and Calvin- ists (Evangelical Reformed Church of Poland) survived; in the 18th century, both again began to grow. Steady growth continued in the 19th century, though the Protestants never ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Lutheranism (2011)

by Günther Gassmann, Mark W. Oldenburg

CHURCH POLITY. (Gk politeia, Lat politia, “a community, administration of a commonwealth”) Principles and structures for the governance of a church. Elements of nascent congregational emphasis and presbyteral and episcopal leadership ...

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But Connecticut and Rhode Island have originally realized the most perfect polity as to a legislature. (Ezra Stiles)
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Scrabble value of P3O1L1I1T1Y4

The value of this 6-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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