Pronunciation: (pol'i-tē),[key] —n., —pl.-ties. 1. a particular form or system of government: civil polity; ecclesiastical polity. 2. 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. 3. government or administrative regulation: The colonists demanded independence in matters of internal polity. 4. a state or other organized community or body.