- 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
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Examples from the Web for politic
At 29, he is again one of the top skaters, riding pro for Politic boards, which has one bearing his name.The Fall and Rise of Skateboarder Danny Renaud
August 21, 2013
The Electoral College may be imperfect, but its moderating influence on the American politic should not be laughed off too easily.Could Abolishing the Electoral College Help Republicans?
January 30, 2013
The goal apparently remains the elimination of Israel, but it is not politic to say so publicly.One State, Two States
March 19, 2012
It was in vain for the politic father to remonstrate with the headstrong son.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
First then, of wisdom: the State which we have called into being will be wise because politic.The Republic
And he was politic—or politician—enough to avoid the subject thenceforward.In a Little Town
This will be a politic move for the Soviets as well as England.Erik Dorn
Between rash duke and politic king there was every show of amity.Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)
- 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
Word Origin and History for politic
early 15c., "pertaining to public affairs," from Middle French politique "political" (14c.) and directly from Latin politicus "of citizens or the state, civil, civic," from Greek politikos "of citizens, pertaining to the state and its administration; pertaining to public life," from polites "citizen," from polis "city" (see polis). Replaced in most adjectival senses by political. From mid-15c. as "prudent, judicious."