political

adjective

po·​lit·​i·​cal pə-ˈli-ti-kəl How to pronounce political (audio)
1
a
: 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
politically 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Shelton’s appointment ends an unusually long hiring process that had recently drawn intense political pressure over whom to pick for the job. Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 June 2024 And Montana's changing political profile poses a major hurdle for Tester's reelection. Kaia Hubbard, CBS News, 4 June 2024 In fact, that threshold has been exceeded almost every day for nearly a year, thanks to a wave of global migration fueled by climate change, economic instability and political violence around the world. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, 4 June 2024 This war of economic and political systems manifested in ongoing tensions between the world’s superpowers, a persistent threat of nuclear war, and even helped spark the Korean War. Will Daniel, Fortune, 4 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for political 

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Word History

Etymology

politic or its source, Latin polīticus "of civil government, political" + -al entry 1

First Known Use

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of political was in 1529

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Cite this Entry

“Political.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/political. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

political

adjective
po·​lit·​i·​cal pə-ˈlit-i-kəl How to pronounce political (audio)
1
: of or relating to a government or the conduct of government
2
: of or relating to politics
3
: organized in governmental terms
political units
4
: involving, concerned with, or accused of acts against a government or political system
political prisoners
politically adverb

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