po·​lit·​i·​cal | \pə-ˈli-ti-kəl \

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 \ 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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In fact, some Republicans have repeatedly admitted that their claims about voter fraud are political. German Lopez, Vox, "The Florida voter fraud allegations, explained," 12 Nov. 2018 Center the conversation about social equity around housing Social inequity is the product of large-scale political and economic systems that will have to change to make broad sweeping improvements. Diana Budds, Curbed, "3 ways architects can improve social equity," 8 Nov. 2018 Fasting for religious, social, cultural, or political reasons is a practice that’s been observed for many thousands of years in a variety of societies and civilizations. SELF, "What You Need to Know Before Trying Intermittent Fasting," 7 Nov. 2018 Budd, whose wartime experience has soured him on government and politics, struggles to reconcile his duty to protect Montague with his disapproval of her political agenda. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Hit U.K. Show Bodyguard Is Now on Netflix," 26 Oct. 2018 Over the last few days, several prominent figures have received pipe bombs from an unknown terrorist, apparently with a political motivation—all the targets are vocal critics of President Trump. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology of Pipe Bombs and Suspicious Packages, Explained," 25 Oct. 2018 Is Randall going to continue with his political campaign? Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Have Intense Theories About the Woman Wearing Jack’s Necklace in Episode 5," 24 Oct. 2018 And that is not political, that’s bigger than politics. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Sharon Stone on Being a Mom to Sons in a Post-MeToo World," 16 Oct. 2018 Volunteers of all political stripes, and those who own guns as well as those who do not, educate and advocate for keeping families safe. Kaitlin Menza, Redbook, "Everything You Need to Know Before Voting in the Midterm Elections," 10 Oct. 2018

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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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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 \

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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