Examples of politic in a Sentence
It would not be politic to ignore them.
the actor is politic in discussing the aborted film project, being content to say that there were “creative differences”
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The ravages of time Populism isn’t necessarily a toxin to the body politic, but some strains can prove corrosive.
There are many means available to a government that aims to enforce its ideology on the body politic.
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Politic behavior in class always requires a respectful attitude toward your teacher. It's never politic to ask for a raise when your boss is in a terrible mood. And once teenagers learn to drive, they quickly learn the politic way to ask for the car—that is, whatever gets the keys without upsetting the parents. As you can see, politic can be used for many situations that have nothing to do with public politics.
Origin and Etymology of politic
Middle English politik, from Middle French politique, from Latin politicus, from Greek politikos, from politēs citizen — more at police
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of politic
suave, urbane, diplomatic, bland, smooth, politic mean pleasantly tactful and well-mannered. suave suggests a specific ability to deal with others easily and without friction. a suave public relations coordinator urbane implies high cultivation and poise coming from wide social experience. an urbane traveler diplomatic stresses an ability to deal with ticklish situations tactfully. a diplomatic negotiator bland emphasizes mildness of manner and absence of irritating qualities. a bland master of ceremonies smooth suggests often a deliberately assumed suavity. a smooth salesman politic implies shrewd as well as tactful and suave handling of people. a cunningly politic manager
POLITIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of politic for English Language Learners
: showing good judgment especially in dealing with other people
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