ideo·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌī-dē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌi-\
variants: or less commonly ideologic \ ˌī-​dē-​ə-​ˈlä-​jik , ˌi-​ \

Definition of ideological

1 : of, relating to, or based on ideology
2 : relating to or concerned with ideas

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ideologically \ ˌī-​dē-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē , i-​ \ adverb

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Assumptions about ideological verities and what the public will or won’t accept from politicians have been battered in the last three years. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is the Perfect Ideological Complement to President Trump," 11 Jan. 2019 But their positions are unpopular with the broader public, and people who voted for Romney and then Clinton and then a Democrat in 2018 aren’t ideological hardliners. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The suburbs abandoned Republicans in 2018, and they might not be coming back.," 26 Dec. 2018 The difficulty for me in pinning the city down geographically is reflected in a broader ideological incertitude; a current questioning of the state’s identity and place. Marley Marius, Vogue, "A Guide to Kansas City, Missouri: Its History, Its Culture, and Why It’s Worth a Closer Look," 23 Nov. 2018 Our humanity won’t be dictated by extreme religious and ideological false ideas of gender and binaries. Sage Grace Dolan-sandrino, Teen Vogue, "I'm a Trans Student, and the Trump Administration Memo Won't Erase Me," 23 Oct. 2018 The opposition to Trump inside the Republican Party has never fallen cleanly along ideological lines. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The fall of the not-quite-Trumpers," 6 Nov. 2018 There was some evidence in the data of partisan voting blocs amid shifting alliances along ideological lines, but Lee found this constituted a small fraction of the overall pattern on his hypothetical Super Court. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: Magnetism model reveals long-term non-partisan nature of SCOTUS," 12 Oct. 2018 The tweet inspired an instant dogpiling as Twitter users competed to deride it: The mockery of CNBC crossed the ideological line, encompassing conservatives and liberals alike. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Rising wages horrifies CNBC but delights everyone else.," 5 July 2018 Cliff Owen/AP Democrats are trading ideological purity for electoral viability in many campaigns — much more so than the Republican Party, which seems to be sliding further and further to the right. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Democrats are running to the middle to win the midterms," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of ideological

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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