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public policy

noun
1.
the fundamental policy on which laws rest, especially policy not yet enunciated in specific rules.
2.
Law. the principle that injury to the public good or public order constitutes a basis for setting aside, or denying effect to, acts or transactions.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85
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