noun, plural polities.
a particular form or system of government: civil polity; ecclesiastical polity.
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.
government or administrative regulation: The colonists demanded independence in matters of internal polity.
a state or other organized community or body.

1530–40; < Latin polītīa < Greek polīteía citizenship, government, form of government, commonwealth, equivalent to polī́te-, variant stem of polī́tēs citizen (see polis, -ite1) + -ia -ia

policy, polity.
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polity (ˈpɒlɪtɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  a form of government or organization of a state, church, society, etc; constitution
2.  a politically organized society, state, city, etc
3.  the management of public or civil affairs
4.  political organization
[C16: from Latin polītīa, from Greek politeia citizenship, civil administration, from politēs citizen, from polis city]

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Word Origin & History

1538, from Fr. politie (1419), from L.L. polita "organized government" (see policy).
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Example sentences
Some belonged as full citizens who took part in governing the polity.
And it has no single polity to mediate tensions within and between member
In a city of several million inhabitants, those represented a fraction of the
  polity and even less at the national scale.
Take solace in the fact that preventing the polity from doing more damage is
  the real value added.
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