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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Recent Examples on the Web Given our current state of political turmoil and surging pandemic, the best hope for nonpartisan unity might be finding something to laugh at together. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Grosse Pointe Antifa? The story behind the phrase — and jokes — that trended on Twitter," 20 Nov. 2020 The Journal Sentinel helped create this chokehold on state politics by a political party that doesn’t believe in government. David D. Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Many letter writers are upset with the Wisconsin Legislature's inaction on coronavirus. Others are upset with the Editorial Board.," 20 Nov. 2020 Mnuchin's move received support, though, among political allies. Rob Mclean, CNN, "Trump administration cuts off emergency Federal Reserve programs as coronavirus cases spike," 19 Nov. 2020 After at least 18 months of political turmoil and fingerpointing, Leon Valley seated two new council members elected Nov. 3 who promised to listen to citizens’ concerns and try to work together amicably, in full transparency. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Leon Valley seats new council members promising change," 18 Nov. 2020 The Latin American nation’s political turmoil took a chaotic turn Sunday when interim leader Manuel Merino quit and Congress couldn’t decide on his replacement. Franklin BriceÑo And Christine Armario, chicagotribune.com, "Peru’s Congress selects centrist lawmaker to be new leader, the nation’s third president in the span of a week," 16 Nov. 2020 The political turmoil could cloud prospects for elections due in April, and further hamstring an economy that contracted 30% in the second quarter because of the Covid-19 pandemic. John Quigley, Bloomberg.com, "Peru Currency Sells Off With Power Vacuum and Split Congress," 16 Nov. 2020 The charges against Lucas drew outrage from her political allies, who called the accusations payback for the veteran legislator’s work to rein in police abuses. Washington Post, "Virginia Sen. Louise Lucas cleared of charges of conspiring to topple Confederate monument," 16 Nov. 2020 Hungary in particular has also resisted greater transparency in how Mr. Orban’s government spends E.U. subsidies, at times steering funds toward political allies in an environment of cronyism. Benjamin Novak, New York Times, "Hungary and Poland Threaten E.U. Stimulus Over Rule of Law Links," 16 Nov. 2020

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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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22 Nov 2020

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“Political.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/political. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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 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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