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Line breaks: pol¦it|ical
Pronunciation: /pəˈlɪtɪk(ə)l

Definition of political in English:


1Of or relating to the government or 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.
1.1Relating 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.
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 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.
2chiefly derogatory Done or acting in the interests of status or power within an organization rather than as a matter 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.



[sentence adverb]: politically, it was safer to sit on the fence
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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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