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political

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

Simple Definition of political

  • : 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

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, involving, or involved in politics and especially party politics

  3. 3 :  organized in governmental terms <political units>

  4. 4 :  involving or charged or concerned with acts against a government or a political system <political prisoners>

po·lit·i·cal·ly play \-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.



Origin of political

Latin politicus


First Known Use: 1551

Rhymes with political



POLITICAL Defined for Kids

political

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

Definition of political

  1. :  relating to the government or the way government is carried on <political views>

po·lit·i·cal·ly adverb




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