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

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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 The parties will have to set aside their ideological differences on key issues as the coalition tries to resurrect an economy hurting from Covid-19 lockdowns while also keeping Israelis secure amid heightened tensions with Hamas. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, 2 June 2021 Rachel Nelson, owner of the art space Secret Project Robot and the bar Happyfun, teamed up with Yang to speak at another nightlife event in late April, despite their ideological differences. Washington Post, 1 June 2021 Netanyahu could remain as opposition leader, working to exploit the deep ideological differences among his opponents to cause the coalition to fracture. Josef Federman, ajc, 30 May 2021 But perhaps Cruz and Kimmel’s tense relationship could eventually soften, despite their ideological differences. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 26 May 2021 But Congress will miss that deadline, and some ideological differences hindering the progress of negotiations remain. Grace Segers, CBS News, 25 May 2021 The Maoist guerilla group was designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. government and had a record of torturing, raping and assassinating civilians over ideological differences, according to Human Rights Watch. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 22 May 2021 Although the sides have not resolved their core ideological differences, the sticking point in the rivalry between the two axes – Islamist movements – is increasingly becoming moot. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 May 2021 His opponents, despite deep ideological differences, already have been holding informal talks in recent weeks in hopes of forging a power-sharing agreement. NBC News, 5 May 2021

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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 12 Jun. 2021.

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