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political 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.

Words that rhyme with political

analytical, apolitical, critical, cryptanalytical, diacritical, eremitical, geopolitical, hypercritical, hypocritical, socio-political, subcritical

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