from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or dealing with the structure or affairs of government, politics, or the state.
  • adj. Relating to, involving, or characteristic of politics or politicians: "Calling a meeting is a political act in itself” ( Daniel Goleman).
  • adj. Relating to or involving acts regarded as damaging to a government or state: political crimes.
  • adj. Interested or active in politics: I'm not a very political person.
  • adj. Having or influenced by partisan interests: The court should never become a political institution.
  • adj. Based on or motivated by partisan or self-serving objectives: a purely political decision.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Concerning or relating to politics, the art and process of governing.
  • adj. Concerning a polity or its administrative components.
  • adj. Motivated, especially inappropriately, by political (electoral or other party political) calculation.
  • adj. Of or relating to views about social relationships that involve power or authority.
  • adj. Interested in politics.
  • n. A political agent or officer.
  • n. a publication centred around politics

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having, or conforming to, a settled system of administration.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to public policy, or to politics; relating to affairs of state or administration.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a party, or to parties, in the state.
  • adj. Politic; wise; also, artful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating or pertaining to politics, or the science of government; treating of polity or government: as, political authors.
  • Possessing a definite polity or system of government; administering a definite polity.
  • Relating to or concerned in public policy and the management of the affairs of the state or nation; of or pertaining to civil government, or the enactment of laws and the administration of civil affairs: as, political action; political rights; a political system; political parties; a political officer.
  • Politic; sagacious; prudent; artful; skilful.
  • “A captain bold of Halifax, who lived in country quarters.”
  • This is the favorite meter in modern Greek poetry.
  • Political in this connection means ‘common,’ ‘usual,’ ‘ordinary’.
  • Synonyms See politic.
  • n. A political officer or agent, as distinguished from military, commercial, and diplomatic officers or agents; specifically, in India, an officer of the British government who deals with native states or tribes and directs their political affairs.
  • n. A political offender or prisoner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to your views about social relationships involving authority or power
  • adj. involving or characteristic of politics or parties or politicians
  • adj. of or relating to the profession of governing


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin politicus, ultimately from Greco-Latin polis '(city) state'



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