General Science

  • noun a plan for dealing with a situation


  • noun a course of action or set of principles determining the general way of doing something


  • A deliberate act of government that in some way alters or influences the society or economy outside the government. Includes, but is not limited to, taxation, regulation, expenditures, and legal requirements and prohibitions, including in each case those which affect international transactions.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a set of plans used as a basis for decisions


  • noun decisions taken by a government or military command on the general way something should be done


  • noun a set of decisions or rules on the general way in which something should be done
  • noun a contract between an insurance company and a person or organisation that wants insurance

Origin & History of “policy”

English has two distinct and completely unrelated words policy. The one meaning ‘plan of action’ (14th c.) comes via Old French policie from Latin polītīa ‘civil administration’, source also of English police and the now archaic polity (16th c.). this in turn came from Greek polīteíā, a derivative of pólis ‘city’ (source of English politics). But the insurance policy (16th c.) comes via French police ‘document’ and Provençal polissa from medieval Latin apodissa, an alteration of Latin apodīxis ‘proof, demonstration’, which in turn was acquired from Greek apódeixis, a compound noun derived ultimately from the verb deiknúnai ‘show’.