[ pol-i-tik ]
/ ˈpɒl ɪ tɪk /


shrewd or prudent in practical matters; tactful; diplomatic.
contrived in a shrewd and practical way; expedient: a politic reply.
political: the body politic.

Origin of politic

1375–1425; late Middle English politik < Middle French politique < Latin polīticus < Greek polītikós civic, equivalent to polī́t(ēs) citizen (see polity) + -ikos -ic

Related forms

Can be confused

politic politicalpolitically politicly

Synonym study

1. See diplomatic.
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British Dictionary definitions for politic


/ (ˈpɒlɪtɪk) /


artful or shrewd; ingeniousa politic manager
crafty or unscrupulous; cunninga politic old scoundrel
sagacious, wise, or prudent, esp in statesmanshipa politic choice
an archaic word for political

Derived Forms

politicly, adverb

Word Origin for politic

C15: from Old French politique, from Latin polīticus concerning civil administration, from Greek politikos, from politēs citizen, from polis city
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