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The general principles by which a government is guided in its management of public affairs, or the legislature in its measures. A general term used to describe all contracts of insurance.

As applied to a law, ordinance, or Rule of Law, the general purpose or tendency considered as directed to the welfare or prosperity of the state or community.


(Contract), noun agreement, arrangement, contractual obligation, contractual statement, insurance contract, legal document, mutual agreement, mutual underraking, obligation, pact, schedule, understanding
Associated concepts: insurance policy


(Plan of action), noun approach, consilium, course, course of action, course of conduct, doctrine, essablished order, fundamental principles, general guidelines, general principles, governing course of action, governing plan, governing principle, line, line of action, line of connuct, management, manner of proceeding, method, mode of management, party line, plan, plan of campaign, polity, prescribed form, principles, procedure, proposal, proposed action, proposition, rule of accion, scheme, stratagem, ways
Associated concepts: public policy
See also: course, direction, guide, platform, polity, practice, principle, procedure, process, program, rule, scheme, strategy, system

POLICY, PUBLIC. By public policy is meant that which the law encourages for the promotion of the public good.
     2. That which is against public policy is generally unlawful. For example, to restrain an individual from marrying, or from engaging in business, when the restraint is general, in the first case, to all persons, and, in the second, to all trades, business, or occupations. But if the restraint be only partial, as that Titius shall not marry Moevia, or that Caius shall not engage in a particular trade in a particular town or, place, the restraint is not against public policy,, and therefore valid. 1 Story, Eq. Jur. Sec. 274. See Newl. Contr. 472.

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The heirs of the cops, who have laid their lives, are given jobs in police department and compensation money to the tune of 2 million.
Fresno's health, welfare, and housing workers share the same fears as city cops like Pat Farmer: Having to act as de facto immigration officers will undermine their ability to do their regular jobs--difficult jobs that have to be done well.
The Software Engineering CoP provides developers with a way to share expertise, design methods, standards and even the first building blocks of software products.
In another episode, one of our men in blue persuades a boy who is about ten years old and involved in drug running (yes, he, too, is African American) to rat on the dealers and help the cop arrest them.
Uniformed police stood on the roof, others were coming and going through the entrance; still others stuck their heads out of front windows to shout to other cops in the street.
Today's Forest Service timber cops, aged 28-51, usually wear civvies.
We have cops here tonight like my friend who spent the night in a hospital after crawling into a burning trailer to save an elderly woman who otherwise would have died.
Nevertheless, the tale of the traffic cop serves its purpose: Even the most harmless citizen is a potential enemy who can kill you.
The cops arrive and shove the more unruly or disrespectful around a bit as they steer the more powerless and confused - women, children, and the elderly - toward temporary safety.
If they're portraying cops as bad guys, either Hollywood is on a suicide mission or the American people are deeply disillusioned with the police.