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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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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Recent Examples on the Web The Islamic political party Hezbollah declared that, as retribution for recent US airstrikes, all American bases in the area are vulnerable to attack. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for January 13: Iran, impeachment, North Korea, Australia fires," 13 Jan. 2020 Michael Bloomberg’s plan to field a massive shadow political party could significantly undercut key financial and organizational advantages President Trump might otherwise enjoy against his Democratic challenger. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "'Damn right it will have an effect': GOP fears Bloomberg spending could doom Trump in 2020," 10 Jan. 2020 And reduce the 2020 race to the second-most important political story in America. NBC News, "The 2020 calendar squeeze is about to get real," 9 Jan. 2020 These low-level posts have traditionally been dominated by pro-Beijing political parties. David Skidmore, The Conversation, "China can still salvage ‘one country, two systems’ in Hong Kong – here’s how," 6 Jan. 2020 Forty years ago an eccentric band of environmentalists, peaceniks and anti-nuclear activists gathered in Karlsruhe to set up a political party. The Economist, "The stars have aligned for Germany’s Greens," 2 Jan. 2020 When weather meets politics The weirdest political story of the year came in March, when the state Senate met — and even held a public hearing — amid a rare bomb cyclone. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Top 10 Colorado politics stories of 2019: From our would-be presidents to bomb cyclones," 30 Dec. 2019 Here’s a quick look at those and some of the other top political stories in Alabama in 2019. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Nation’s toughest abortion law tops Alabama political stories of 2019," 29 Dec. 2019 In November, Portland hotelier and long-time campaign contributor Gordon Sondland found himself at the center of the biggest political story of the decade: the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. oregonlive, "Oregon’s top 15 newsmakers of 2019," 29 Dec. 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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The first known use of political was in 1529

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Political.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/political. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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


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

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politically adverb

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