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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While at a garden party at the British Ambassador’s residence on Tuesday night, Meghan reportedly discussed Ireland’s recent referendum with Catherine Noone, a senator of the Fine Gael political party. Maura Hohman, PEOPLE.com, "Irish Senator Deletes Tweet Claiming Meghan Markle Was 'Pleased' About Ireland's Abortion Vote," 12 July 2018 That probe is still ongoing, but the watchdog released a progress report on Wednesday, plus a separate report containing recommendations about the issue of personal information and political influence. David Meyer, Fortune, "Facebook Is Getting Its First Big Fine Over the Cambridge Analytica Scandal," 11 July 2018 Bryant never changed her stance on gay rights, but her political influence and career both dissolved in the subsequent years. Sascha Cohen, Smithsonian, "How Gay Activists Challenged the Politics of Civility," 10 July 2018 And yet, in this case, it's framed as a political statement rather than a violation. refinery29.com, "How Does The First Purge Deal With Sexual Assault?," 6 July 2018 The story of Franklin shows the contradiction that the Cold War posed for the United States: a desire to assert American values abroad, along with the need to compromise those values in a complicated political reality. Amanda Laugesen, Smithsonian, "This Cold War-Era Publishing House Wanted To Share American Values With the World," 13 July 2018 While sharing the link, Drew said Trump’s staff deserves the ridicule because of their political record. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "Middletown Republicans Outraged After Drew Calls Chair Racist In Facebook Post," 13 July 2018 Amazon could run things better but oh wait, that’s a political football. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Matt Cutts of the U.S. Digital Service on Recode Decode," 12 July 2018 Firearms have polarized Americans more than ever, like so many other issues in the current red-blue political climate. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Protesters to return with weekend gun show," 13 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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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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