ideo·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌī-dē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce ideological (audio) , ˌi- \
variants: or less commonly ideologic \ ˌī-​dē-​ə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce ideological (audio) , ˌi-​ \

Definition of ideological

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

Other Words from ideological

ideologically \ ˌī-​dē-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ideological (audio) , i-​ \ adverb

Examples of ideological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although Democrats insist that the ideological differences on policing are not insurmountable, some expressed frustration that there would be no action on the bills this week. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 27 July 2022 Bennett struggled over the past three months to keep his coalition together after members of his own faction quit over ideological differences. Fox News, 29 June 2022 Presidents Reagan and Carter were ideological opposites and yet got the job done. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 14 June 2022 The political strategy of Commonwealth Conservatives appears just as mysterious as who is behind the group, as Maddox and Heavrin are regarded as ideological polar opposites within the Republican caucus. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, 3 May 2022 As Republicans will gladly inform you, Democrats were the first party to politicize the Court, derailing Robert Bork's nomination, attacking Clarence Thomas, and opposing Samuel Alito for overtly ideological reasons. Noah Millman, The Week, 8 Apr. 2022 But a country with a large debt-to-GDP ratio, many trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities, and an energy industry hamstrung for narrow ideological reasons has fewer options — and less-attractive options — than one that has its act together. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 10 Mar. 2022 Graham said the overwhelming confirmation of ideological opposites shows what has been lost. Kevin Freking,, 13 Feb. 2022 Some of those families chose this course for ideological reasons, as has historically been the case. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ideological

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Ideological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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