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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The island transitioned to its own democratic political system in the 1980s and is considered by Beijing to be a renegade province. Suyin Haynes / Taipei, Time, "One Year on From His Death, Taiwan Remembers Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo," 13 July 2018 The incident on an emotional political night exposed Fox News to a threatening atmosphere frequently faced by reporters at other news organizations at Trump rallies. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Demonstrators force Fox crew from Supreme Court broadcast," 10 July 2018 Five million non-Jews were killed under Hitler’s rule, including gays, the physically and mentally disabled, Roma (Gypsies), Jehovah's Witnesses and members of political opposition groups (which includes Soviet prisoners of war). Lisa J. Huriash, southflorida.com, "Museum documents persecution of gays in Nazi Germany," 10 July 2018 Through the years of the Cold War, when the continent was divided between east and west with their radically different political and economic systems, the soccer teams of the two European blocs never made it to the finals together. Larry Wolff, WSJ, "Croatia Offers Redemption for Eastern Europe," 13 July 2018 Uresti’s political and professional life have crumbled in the aftermath of his conviction. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Judge refuses to appoint Uresti’s lawyer of choice for appeal," 12 July 2018 But there are other issues involving judicial temperament and his political, or rather, his judicial philosophy that also will play into my decision. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Oprah Winfrey Empire, Angela Merkel, Paternity Leave: Broadsheet July 12th," 12 July 2018 Where Real Orion will (eventually) go, and when, has shifted with the political and financial winds. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Inside the Test Chamber for NASA's Astronaut Vehicle Double," 12 July 2018 For women of the Senate like Feinstein, now the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the consideration of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is a moment where the personal and political intersect, often in deeply meaningful ways. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, "For women senators, court nomination touches a very personal issue," 11 July 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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