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Definition of Polity


  1. The form or constitution of the civil government of a nation or state; the framework or organization by which the various departments of government are combined into a systematic whole.
  2. Hence: The form or constitution by which any institution is organized; the recognized principles which lie at the foundation of any human institution.
  3. Policy; art; management.

Polity Quotations

I lead no party; I follow no leader. I have given the best part of my life to careful study of Islam, its law and polity, its culture, its history and its literature.
Muhammad Iqbal

Unity and secularism will be the motto of the government. We can't afford divisive polity in India.
Manmohan Singh

More than 90% of Chinese believe themselves to be Han. Of course, such a vast population is derived from countless different races, but because China has enjoyed such a long and continuous history as a polity, there has been thousands of years of mixing, melding and assimilation.
Martin Jacques

The American polity is infected with a serious imbalance of power between elites and masses, a power which is the principal threat to our democracy.
Paul Wellstone

In politics, Joseph Smith was something of a radical. He preached, instead of democracy, a version of theocratic rule within a framework given by his own prophetic leadership. At Nauvoo, Smith affected a Napoleonic uniform and made himself into a general and quasi king of the polity he had constituted.
Noah Feldman
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Polity Translations

polity in German is Gemeinwesen
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