Definition of political in English:

political

Syllabification: po·lit·i·cal
Pronunciation: /pəˈlitikəl
 
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adjective

  • 1Of or relating to the government or the public affairs of a country: a period of political and economic stability
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    • An egalitarian democratic ideal extends beyond public affairs and the political sphere.
    • He was a valuable board member with in depth knowledge of New Zealand economic and political affairs.
    • But in my experience, political and economic affairs tend to be a lot more complex than that.
    Synonyms
    governmental, government, constitutional, ministerial, parliamentary, diplomatic, legislative, administrative, bureaucratic; public, civic, state
  • 1.1Of or relating to the ideas or strategies of a particular party or group in politics: a decision taken for purely political reasons
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    • It was Thoreau's ideas that shaped the political strategies of Mahatma Gandhi and later King.
    • This was in part the result of the grand strategy of the major political parties.
    • The idea that a political party should field a film star to attract votes.
    Synonyms
    politically active, party; militant, factional, partisan
  • 1.2Interested in or active in politics: I’m not very political
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    • These are sombre thoughts for anyone interested in current political thought.
    • How many of the active political bloggers on the graph are Libertarians?
    • Churchill's active political life began when Queen Victoria still reigned.
  • 1.3Motivated or caused by a person’s beliefs or actions concerning politics: a political crime
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    • Scotland's rebel MSPTommy Sheridan faces a second prison sentence for standing up for his political beliefs.
    • Her political beliefs had been bolstered by her religious faith and she saw the emergence of a democratic society as a proper salvation.
    • One can never know precisely how personal experience motivates political values.
  • 1.4chiefly • derogatory Relating to, affecting, or acting according to the interests of status or authority within an organization rather than matters of principle.
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    • Let's hope such a review, if it happens, follows sound educational principles rather than political ones.
    • Planning committees are required to decide planning matters in a judicial way rather than on political considerations.
    • By supporting the status quo they have put political expediency before the interests of our children.

Derivatives

politically

Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
adverb
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  • All three are politically astute and have been following the election in the media.
  • He claimed some of the attention from MPs had been been politically motivated.
  • It's not easy to see how, politically, he can turn it on again in two years time, even if world oil prices fall.

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