political

adjective
po·​lit·​i·​cal | \ pə-ˈli-ti-kəl How to pronounce political (audio) \

Definition of political

1a : of or relating to government, a government, or the conduct of government
b : of, relating to, or concerned with the making as distinguished from the administration of governmental policy
2 : of, relating to, involving, or involved in politics and especially party politics
3 : organized in governmental terms political units
4 : involving or charged or concerned with acts against a government or a political system political prisoners

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Other Words from political

politically \ pə-​ˈli-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce politically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of political in a Sentence

The senator has changed political parties. Health care has become a major political issue in recent years. a group of political activists We need a political solution rather than a military solution.
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When the nation’s attention turned away from the South, an insidious political movement turned its attention towards it. Alicia Garza, Marie Claire, "Can We Have a Conversation About Abortion Bans and the South?," 29 May 2019 While the company has teased projects in Chicago and Maryland, those have faced the type of civic hangups (lack of political allies, environmental assessments) that Musk has managed to avoid in his other ventures, including SpaceX and Tesla. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Las Vegas Is Getting a Loop from Elon Musk," 23 May 2019 Best of all, the Flatform will help raise money for the Tegan and Sara Foundation, the sisters' initiative that fights for health, political, and economic equality for young, LGBTQ+ girls and women. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Tegan and Sara Collaborated on Rainbow Teva Sandals for Pride Month, and Fans Are Losing It," 22 May 2019 The award has been given out since 1989 by members of the Kennedy family to honor JFK's memory and the work of those who embody political courage. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Caroline Kennedy and Jack Schlossberg Just Gave Nancy Pelosi a Profile in Courage Award," 20 May 2019 And the political stalemate shows few signs of drawing near its end. Sheyla Urdaneta, The Seattle Times, "Vast gasoline lines form in oil-rich Venezuela," 20 May 2019 The Statue of Liberty was given to us by the people of France to commemorate the centennial of the American Revolution at a time when they were disappointed by their own political situation. Alexi Lubomirski; Fashion Editor: Joanna Hillman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Diane von Furstenberg Talks Bringing the New Statue of Liberty Museum to Life," 13 May 2019 Because a tariff is essentially passed on to consumers—people who live in districts represented by the whole of the political spectrum—in the form of higher prices. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "President Trump Appears to Kick the 25 Percent Auto Tariff Can down the Road," 15 May 2019 His office in Guatemala City is lined with security detail as political tensions in the country have risen. Lauren Bohn, Marie Claire, "Who Killed Claudia Gomez?," 2 May 2019

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First Known Use of political

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for political

Latin politicus

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political

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of political

: of or relating to politics or government
: interested in or active in politics
: involving, concerned with, or accused of acts against a government

political

adjective
po·​lit·​i·​cal | \ pə-ˈli-ti-kəl How to pronounce political (audio) \

Kids Definition of political

: relating to the government or the way government is carried on political views

Other Words from political

politically adverb

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