political

[puh-lit-i-kuh l]

adjective

of, relating to, or concerned with politics: political writers.
of, relating to, or connected with a political party: a political campaign.
exercising or seeking power in the governmental or public affairs of a state, municipality, etc.: a political machine; a political boss.
of, relating to, or involving the state or its government: a political offense.
having a definite policy or system of government: a political community.
of or relating to citizens: political rights.

Nearby words

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

Origin of political

1545–55; < Latin polītic(us) civic (see politic) + -al1

Related forms
Can be confusedpolitic politicalpolitically politicly

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British Dictionary definitions for politically

political

adjective

of or relating to the state, government, the body politic, public administration, policy-making, etc
  1. of, involved in, or relating to government policy-making as distinguished from administration or law
  2. of or relating to the civil aspects of government as distinguished from the military
of, dealing with, or relating to politicsa political person
of, characteristic of, or relating to the parties and the partisan aspects of politics
organized or ordered with respect to governmenta political unit
Derived Formspolitically, adverb

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