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 ideologic (audio) , 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 How to pronounce ideologically (audio) , i-​ \ adverb

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With Trump, the high court’s ideological pendulum will swing far right. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "We’re Fucked," 27 June 2018 States want different conditions, reflecting a national ideological divide over health care. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Blue States Set to Test Trump Official on Medicaid, ACA," 10 Feb. 2019 There has long been a small evangelical left, represented by such publications as Sojourners, and new issues have arisen that have opened up opportunities for collaboration across the ideological divide. Jeremy Castle, Vox, "Younger evangelicals look an awful lot like older evangelicals post-2016," 12 Nov. 2018 Still, the videos were all over social media, again appearing to illustrate a nation of such deep divisions — racial, religious and ideological — that no one was willing to listen to the others’ point of view. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "3 groups, many videos, many interpretations of D.C. encounter," 22 Jan. 2019 The Google protests have been led by a group calling itself the Tech Workers Coalition, whose avowed purposes are ideological rather than strictly work-related. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Google Confronts Its Bolsheviks," 13 Nov. 2018 Younger college graduates and nonwhite voters have much less ideological diversity than do over-age-45 white female and male voters, a point rarely made by the media. WSJ, "Trump 2.0 Faces the Post-Midterm Universe," 12 Nov. 2018 The traditionally liberal campus, the thinking went, could use a little ideological diversity with more robust debate and the challenge of different viewpoints. Matt Viser,, "At Harvard Law School, he’s Professor Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, has been hosting dinners with prominent conservatives to convince them of his company’s commitment to ideological diversity. Emma Scornavacchi, The New Republic, "Twitter tries to win the trust of conservatives over secretive dinners.," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of ideological

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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