political science


a social science dealing with political institutions and with the principles and conduct of government.

Origin of political science

First recorded in 1770–80
Related formspolitical scientist, noun
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Related Words for political science

civics, government, politics, governance, realpolitik, statesmanship

Examples from the Web for political science

Contemporary Examples of political science

Historical Examples of political science

  • They had been discussing woman suffrage, some question that had come up in the political-science class that day.

    The Witness

    Grace Livingston Hill Lutz

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 Formspolitical scientist, noun
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political science in Culture

political science

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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