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politic

[ pol-i-tik ]
/ ˈpɒl ɪ tɪk /
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adjective
shrewd or prudent in practical matters; tactful; diplomatic.
contrived in a shrewd and practical way; expedient: a politic reply.
political: the body politic.
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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

synonym study for politic

1. See diplomatic.

OTHER WORDS FROM politic

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH politic

1. politic , political2. politically, politicly
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How to use politic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for politic

politic
/ (ˈpɒlɪtɪk) /

adjective
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 of politic

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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