ideo·​log·​i·​cal ˌī-dē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce ideological (audio)
variants or less commonly ideologic
: of, relating to, or based on ideology
: relating to or concerned with ideas
ideologically adverb

Examples of ideological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His audience was usually an ideological blend, sharing beers and slapping their knees in laughter. Carolyn Van Houten, Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2023 The new institutions became part of an ideological battle between Communist and capitalist views of the economy. Martin Daunton, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2023 These ideological strands together constitute a simple and understandable theory of how the world works. Maria Snegovaya, Foreign Affairs, 16 Nov. 2023 This revolt across the Republican ideological spectrum is something former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) never had to face. Cami Mondeaux, Washington Examiner, 15 Nov. 2023 But, for ideological reasons, his father forbade him to study biology; in Howard’s view, the possibility of genetic determinism contravened the Communist belief in the ultimate malleability of human nature. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 Unlike his predecessors, who had records of censoring prelates with opposing ideological viewpoints, Francis has generally allowed dissent in the ranks of his church in the interest of debate. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2023 Boards of regents and university administrators should confront the ideological rot within their schools, particularly in the humanities. WSJ, 7 Nov. 2023 Best of the web — Speaking of Gen Z and TikTok, the dominance of pro-Palestinian messaging on the social media platform during the Israel-Hamas conflict has Democrats worried about a sharp generational and ideological split, according to Semafor. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of ideological was in 1797

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“Ideological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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