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polity (n.)

1530s, "civil organization;" 1640s, "an organized human society or community, body of persons forming a community governed according to a recognized system of government," from French politie (early 15c.) or directly from Late Latin polita "organized government" (see policy (n.1)).

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Definitions of polity from WordNet

polity (n.)
the form of government of a social organization;
Synonyms: civil order
polity (n.)
a politically organized unit;
polity (n.)
shrewd or crafty management of public affairs;
we was innocent of stratagems and polity
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