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1As a mass noun: the policies of a national government. As a count noun: a government policy (usually on a specific issue) to be implemented nationwide.
2Canad. Polit. Usually with capital initials. A policy of tariff protection for Canadian manufacturers, effective from 1879 and associated with the Conservative administration of 1878–96. Now historical.
Late 17th century. From national + policy.
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