adjective po·lit·i·cal \pə-ˈli-ti-kəl\

: of or relating to politics or government

: interested in or active in politics

: involving, concerned with, or accused of acts against a government

Full Definition of POLITICAL

a :  of or relating to government, a government, or the conduct of government
b :  of, relating to, or concerned with the making as distinguished from the administration of governmental policy
:  of, relating to, involving, or involved in politics and especially party politics
:  organized in governmental terms <political units>
:  involving or charged or concerned with acts against a government or a political system <political prisoners>
po·lit·i·cal·ly \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of POLITICAL

  1. The senator has changed political parties.
  2. Health care has become a major political issue in recent years.
  3. a group of political activists
  4. We need a political solution rather than a military solution.


Latin politicus
First Known Use: 1551

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism
POLITICAL Defined for Kids


adjective po·lit·i·cal \pə-ˈli-ti-kəl\

Definition of POLITICAL for Kids

:  relating to the government or the way government is carried on <political views>
po·lit·i·cal·ly adverb
July 29, 2015
indomitable Hear it
incapable of being subdued or conquered
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