from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or dealing with the structure or affairs of government, politics, or the state.
  • adjective Relating to, involving, or characteristic of political parties or politicians.
  • adjective Interested or active in politics.
  • adjective Influenced by, based on, or stemming from partisan interests or political ideology.
  • adjective Based on or motivated by self-serving interests, especially in attempting to gain power or to please people of a higher rank in an organization.
  • adjective Indicating national or regional boundaries. Used of maps.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A political offender or prisoner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective rare Having, or conforming to, a settled system of administration.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to public policy, or to politics; relating to affairs of state or administration.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to a party, or to parties, in the state.
  • adjective obsolete Politic; wise; also, artful.
  • adjective that branch of political science or philosophy which treats of the sources, and methods of production and preservation, of the material wealth and prosperity of nations.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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


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