[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. politburo,
  2. polite,
  3. politely,
  4. politesse,
  5. politian,
  6. political,
  7. political action committee,
  8. political action committees,
  9. political asylum,
  10. political correctness

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 confusedpolitic 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 Formspoliticly, 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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