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 Boogaloo supporters appear to be divided along ideological lines: some describe themselves as anarchists and disavow White supremacy, while others embrace anti-minority rhetoric. Gianluca Mezzofiore And Katie Polglase, CNN, "White supremacists openly organize racist violence on Telegram, report finds," 26 June 2020 Last year, the Supreme Court blocked an injunction by a 5-4 decision on ideological lines to prevent the use of military funds for the wall, but the appeals court decision Friday reinstated it. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Appeals court rules against Trump's 'unlawful' border wall funding," 26 June 2020 Assimilation into one’s tribe required assimilation into the group’s ideological belief system – regardless of whether it was grounded in science or superstition. Adrian Bardon, Scientific American, "Coronavirus Responses Highlight How Humans Have Evolved to Dismiss Facts That Don’t Fit Their Worldview," 26 June 2020 Less concerned about ideological sorting, Benen shifts the focus to consider the parties’ approaches to policy and governance itself. Benjamin C. Waterhouse, Washington Post, "Trump’s GOP: a “post-policy party”," 26 June 2020 Borrowing the clothes of your ideological opponents is an underrated political technique. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "The Conservative Case for Liberalizing Divorce," 26 June 2020 The issue is also one that doesn’t break down neatly along ideological lines. Will Weissert, Anchorage Daily News, "Mail-in ballots thrust Postal Service into presidential race," 25 June 2020 The ruling was 7-2, although the usual undercurrents of an ideological divide on the court were present. Robert Barnes,, "Supreme Court says rejected asylum-seekers have no right to object in court," 25 June 2020 Because Juneteenth isn’t attached to an individual, this type of ideological and historical gerrymandering is more challenging. C. Brandon Ogbunu, Wired, "Why Juneteenth Went Viral," 19 June 2020

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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 11 Jul. 2020.

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