ideological

adjective
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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An alternative would be to try to make the system equitable given today’s aligned ideological and geographical polarisation. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018 The ideological and political battles run up to the first pitch and restart as soon as the last out is recorded. Phil Mattingly, CNN, "One year after grievous gunshot wound, Steve Scalise takes the field," 14 June 2018 Messages posted online provide policymakers and opinion leaders with distorted impressions of what the public believes and wants. Extremes — including partisan and ideological extremes — dominate the digital landscape of ideas. Joe Lieberman, Time, "Social Media Is Distorting What Politicians Believe Is Real," 16 May 2018 As the number 10 knew, there are few issues more readily exploitable than that age old geographical, ideological and economical division. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 7 Weeks to Go - When Maradona Turned Naples Against the Italian National Team," 2 May 2018 Some, like Felder, had distinct ideological differences. Jen Kirby, Vox, "New York’s special election has already been decided by one rogue Democrat," 24 Apr. 2018 The spat represents a clear ideological divide in the Republican primary for secretary of state. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Republican secretary of state candidates spar over Arizona's voter-registration rules," 6 July 2018 That case also could expose their ideological divide. Greg Stohr, Bloomberg.com, "On Trump, Supreme Court Is as Divided as the Rest of the Nation," 27 June 2018 The group’s sharp ideological divides, which predate the arrival of Trump and his controversies, make the speaker’s job more difficult. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, "In Janesville, Ryan's exit illustrates Republican divide, challenges this fall," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ideological

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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