political

adjective
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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Gigi Hadid has commented on topics like immigration and the importance of voting, but rarely has the model used fashion as a medium for pointed political messaging. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "One Month Before the Parkland Shooting Anniversary, Gigi Hadid Shows Support for March for Our Lives," 14 Jan. 2019 Arguably, my generation is more engaged in political action now than ever before. Yoonie Yang, Teen Vogue, "What Happens When You Lose Your Political Voice in a New Environment," 8 Jan. 2019 Be relieved that the space hardware will no longer be a political football between Moscow and Washington, DC. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America Is About to Take Back Human Spaceflight, and It's a Lot More Than Just Flag-Waving," 4 Jan. 2019 Friday morning, President Trump used Twitter to issue a rare kind of foreign-policy announcement: a slogan lifted from a pop-culture meme, repurposed to vaguely suggest future political action. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "HBO calls Trump’s Game of Thrones-tinged tweet a “misappropriation” of trademark," 2 Nov. 2018 Bringing wolves back to Yellowstone, for example, was a complex two-year process with political challenges. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Devastating Tsunami Threatens Endangered Rhinos," 28 Dec. 2018 And then suddenly, Fox News political commentator Bill O'Reilly comes to mind. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Joy Behar Dishes on Why She's Not Leaving Anytime Soon," 11 Dec. 2018 For Culberson, a conservative politician and partisan who has bashed his fair share of Democratic opponents, this part of the job was never political. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A congressman’s loss clouds the future of two demanding missions to Europa," 3 Dec. 2018 The company has battled with multiple privacy violations this year, including the big one in which 87 million users possibly had their information shared with Cambridge Analytica, a political group aligned with President Trump, in March. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook's Latest Fail Allowed Unauthorized Access to the Photos of 6.8 Million Users," 14 Dec. 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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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 \

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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