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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Other Words from ideological

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

Examples of ideological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Health care top issue for Californians Throughout much of the election cycle, health-care issues have exposed the field's ideological divides, signaling to voters whether a candidate falls into the party's progressive or centrist camp. Sam Metz, USA TODAY, "Democrats to debate in California. Some of the state's controversial laws have divided the field," 19 Dec. 2019 Joe Biden had a revealing exchange with a reporter at a campaign stop in Iowa last week, one that put the ideological divide between him and his fellow Democratic primary candidates into stark relief. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Joe Biden vs. the Democratic Economy Truthers," 27 Sep. 2019 Tuesday’s debate put the party’s ideological divides on full display. Jennifer Epstein, Fortune, "Joe Biden Stakes Out Centrist Position on Immigration, Asylum Policy During Democratic Debate," 31 July 2019 The biggest issues likely to come up at the debate The Democratic field’s ideological divide over issues like Medicare-for-all and its shift to the left on issues such as immigration will be on full display. Madeleine Joung, Time, "The Second 2020 Democratic Debate Is Almost Here. Here’s Everything You Need to Know," 28 July 2019 Biden emphasized that ideological divide in speeches and interviews over the past week. David Lauter,, "Why Biden still leads and why that might not last," 5 July 2019 Their ideological and temperamental differences, and the theological debates that spring from them, drive the movie’s action as the leaders spar over the future of 21st-century organized religion. Time, "The True Story Behind the Movie The Two Popes," 20 Dec. 2019 This term, in particular, is going to tell us a lot about how partisan, and ideological, this new conservative majority is going to turn out to be. Hope Reese, Longreads, "‘They Were Growing Seedlings…Which Would Sprout To Become Supreme Court Justices’," 18 Dec. 2019 Until relatively recently, the political parties were jumbled coalitions of regional, ideological and racial groups that included conservative Democrats in the South and liberal Republicans from the Northeast. NBC News, "The GOP impeachment wall: Why Republicans won't walk away from Trump," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of ideological

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Ideological.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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