ideo·log·i·cal | \ˌī-dē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌi-\
variants: or less commonly ideologic \ˌī-dē-ə-ˈlä-jik, 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, i- \ adverb

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The spat represents a clear ideological divide in the Republican primary for secretary of state. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Republican secretary of state candidates spar over Arizona's voter-registration rules," 6 July 2018 That case also could expose their ideological divide. Greg Stohr,, "On Trump, Supreme Court Is as Divided as the Rest of the Nation," 27 June 2018 The group’s sharp ideological divides, which predate the arrival of Trump and his controversies, make the speaker’s job more difficult. Rick Pearson,, "In Janesville, Ryan's exit illustrates Republican divide, challenges this fall," 11 Apr. 2018 Republicans and Democrats also saw similar ideological divides, as well as some common ground, according to the survey results. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "These Are the Fortune 500 Companies Loved by Both Urban and Rural America," 11 July 2018 Closet autocrats achieve this by starting out with implementing reforms — though some may interpret these reforms as democratic backsliding, the moves are also consistent with the regime’s extreme ideological agenda. Monika Nalepa, Washington Post, "Poland may forcibly ‘retire’ dozens of Supreme Court justices," 10 July 2018 More than 40 of his law clerks have later clerked on the Supreme Court, working for justices across the ideological divide. Author: Greg Stohr And Andrew Harris, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is a Washington insider and regulation skeptic," 10 July 2018 What’s less clear is what this might mean for ideological divides within the Democratic Party. Julia Azari, Vox, "Do Americans avoid ideology?," 1 June 2018 But Democrats have plenty of opportunities to blow it in Orange County, particularly as they are riven by their intraparty ideological divides. Liz Goodwin,, "Orange County tests Democrats’ hope for a suburban blue wave," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ideological

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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