po·​lit·​i·​cal | \ pə-ˈli-ti-kəl How to pronounce political (audio) \

Definition of political

1a : 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 : of, relating to, involving, or involved in politics and especially party politics
3 : organized in governmental terms political units
4 : involving or charged or concerned with acts against a government or a political system political prisoners

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Other Words from political

politically \ pə-​ˈli-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce political (audio) \ adverb

Examples of political in a Sentence

The senator has changed political parties. Health care has become a major political issue in recent years. a group of political activists We need a political solution rather than a military solution.
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Recent Examples on the Web The decision to remove Facebook, albeit temporarily, has received harsh backlash from across the political spectrum, with many accusing the social media site of wielding too much power. Jemima Mcevoy, Forbes, 6 June 2021 Scholars and officials from across the political spectrum have a number of ideas for reforming U.S. immigration, with varying degrees of bipartisan support. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 Make no mistake; the Biden administration canceled our fireworks for purely political reasons. Kristi Noem, National Review, 4 June 2021 Brian Jencunas, a Massachusetts political strategist, also noted Bailey’s death via Twitter. BostonGlobe.com, 3 June 2021 President Joe Biden continues to chase the same list of goals that are popular across the political spectrum. Philip Elliott, Time, 2 June 2021 That's because the coalition cobbled together to topple Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister for the last 12 years (15 years total), is unwieldy, ranging from the far right to the far left of the political spectrum. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 Efforts to form a ruling coalition could still collapse as many parties from across the political spectrum try and agree on the government’s agenda and cabinet portfolios. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, 30 May 2021 In some places, officials may not release accurate mortality figures for political reasons. Author: Amina Khan, Anchorage Daily News, 29 May 2021

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First Known Use of political

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for political

politic or its source, Latin polīticus "of civil government, political" + -al entry 1

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The first known use of political was in 1529

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8 Jun 2021

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“Political.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/political. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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


po·​lit·​i·​cal | \ pə-ˈli-ti-kəl How to pronounce political (audio) \

Kids Definition of political

: relating to the government or the way government is carried on political views

Other Words from political

politically adverb

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