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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From Abigail Adams on, first ladies have weighed in on public debates, political appointments, and even whether the nation should go to war. Michelle Garcia, Glamour, "The First Lady Has a Huge Job. It’s Time She Had a Salary to Match," 3 Apr. 2019 Not since Watergate has an event so transfixed the political world like the Mueller investigation. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Mueller Moment Arrives," 22 Mar. 2019 Too often, black women’s political genius hides in plain view. Brittney Cooper, Marie Claire, "Stacey Abrams Is Just Getting Started," 11 Mar. 2019 Our male counterparts have always seemed to be ahead of us, whether that be in business or political positions or even in the head of the house. Willa Bennett, Seventeen, "I Asked 500 Girls Around The World What Being Female Means To Them," 8 Mar. 2019 Some political questions, resolved Politically, the move by the USB-PG isn’t as straightforward. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "The new USB4 spec promises a lot: Thunderbolt 3 support, 40Gbps bandwidth, and less confusion," 5 Mar. 2019 For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "What is Alfonso Cuarón's 'Roma' About? The Oscar-Nominated Film Is a Runaway Success," 23 Feb. 2019 When women have been in the minority, or otherwise on the periphery of political power, so too have the issues—like paid leave and affordable childcare—that have misguidedly been assigned to only them. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "This Is Why We Need Women Running for President," 19 Feb. 2019 That means more political jokes, celebrity guest appearances, and (hopefully) Home Improvement references for all of us to enjoy. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Tonight's 'Last Man Standing' Episode Is Going to Be Way Different Than Usual," 15 Feb. 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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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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