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political science

a social science dealing with political institutions and with the principles and conduct of government.
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political scientist, noun Unabridged
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  • That discovery, without which all political science was merely conventional, belongs to the followers of Zeno.

    The History of Freedom John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • Not so versed as they was he in the details of political science.

    America First Various
  • For me it was a relief from political science, which suddenly palled and which smacked of treason in the light of current events.

    Each Man Kills Victoria Glad
  • The theory of rationality is the one at present accepted in political science.

    The Jewish State Theodor Herzl
  • You know only your own history and not even that correctly, your own geography, and your own political science.

British Dictionary definitions for political science

political science

(esp as an academic subject) the study of the state, government, and politics: one of the social sciences
Derived Forms
political scientist, noun
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political science in Culture

political science definition

The systematic study of government and politics. Political science is a social science that makes generalizations and analyses about political systems and political behavior and uses these results to predict future behavior. Political science includes the study of political philosophy, ethics, international relations and foreign policy, public administration, and the dynamic relations between different parts of governments.

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