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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This moment of veracity is immediately turned into an ideological lesson, unfortunately. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Beautiful Voyage': Film Review | Shanghai 2019," 16 June 2019 Most Democrats across the ideological spectrum want the focus to be on beating Mr. Trump rather than on impeachment, although those who identify as very liberal are a bit more likely to want to hear the candidates talk about impeachment. Jennifer De Pinto, CBS News, "CBS News Battleground Tracker poll: Dems want candidates to talk about beating Trump, not impeachment," 16 June 2019 At its founding, Yisrael Beiteinu was widely perceived as less of an ideological party than as a faction representing the interests and values of Russian-speaking Israelis who immigrated from the former Soviet Union. Sam Sokol,, "Why did Avigdor Liberman force new elections in Israel?," 10 June 2019 The disagreement within the GOP is not just ideological — there could be a political price to pay as well, especially in states where much of the economy depends on trade with neighboring countries. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "Trump: GOP opposition to Mexico tariffs would be ‘foolish’," 4 June 2019 The cow is considered sacred in Hinduism, which is why the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh—the BJP’s ideological mothership—condemns beef eating. Itika Sharma Punit, Quartz India, "Hackers target BJP website, embed beef recipes during Modi’s swearing-in," 30 May 2019 This is always true for the party out of power, forced to reckon with its ideological cleavages, personality conflicts, and the lack of a singular leader who can compete head-to-head with the bully pulpit of a president. Peter Hamby, The Hive, "“That Is What Power Looks Like”: As Trump Prepares for 2020, Democrats Are Losing the Only Fight That Matters," 26 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of ideological

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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