political science


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

Nearby words

  1. political economy,
  2. political liberty,
  3. political prisoner,
  4. political question,
  5. political refugee,
  6. political scientist,
  7. political system,
  8. politicalize,
  9. politically,
  10. politically correct

Origin of political science

First recorded in 1770–80

Related formspolitical scientist, noun

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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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Culture definitions for political science

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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