political science


Definition of political science

: a social science concerned chiefly with the description and analysis of political and especially governmental institutions and processes

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Other Words from political science

political scientist noun

Examples of political science in a Sentence

a degree in political science
Recent Examples on the Web Roy and Davis each hope to use that to their advantage in a race that will be more about turnout than voter persuasion, said David Crockett, professor and chair of political science at Trinity University in San Antonio. Taylor Goldenstein, ExpressNews.com, "Chip Roy v. Wendy Davis: Sharp contrast on COVID-19 animates San Antonio-area race," 16 Oct. 2020 Jack Pitney, professor of political science at Claremont McKenna College, said the fundraising gap is not surprising. Charles T. Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Issa bolsters campaign with self-funding, outraises Campa-Najjar by $1 million," 16 Oct. 2020 Marc Meredith, an associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, said the number of people moving in and out of the District present it with more challenges than many states. Washington Post, "How does D.C. verify a signature on a ballot? Here’s how it works.," 14 Oct. 2020 Alex Theodoridis, an associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, has studied the country's growing partisan divide. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "'The country’s lost its mind': Polls warning of civil war, violence shows deep partisan chasm over election," 7 Oct. 2020 Typically, mail-in voters are white, wealthier voters who already know the process, said Bernard Fraga, an associate professor of political science at Emory University. USA Today, "USPS removes thousands of mailboxes each year. In 2020, mail-in ballots make it political.," 31 Aug. 2020 Jonathan Entin, a professor emeritus of law and adjunct professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, said weekend voting would be difficult in the U.S. because of its religious diversity. Dee-ann Durbin, chicagotribune.com, "Starbucks to offer workers time to vote, as more corporations make room for Election Day," 27 Aug. 2020 In this together Peverill Squire, a professor of political science at the University of Missouri, sees a distinction at the state level, too. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why has New England handled the pandemic so well? Thank the Puritans.," 20 Aug. 2020 Claudia Heiss, a professor of political science at the University of Chile, told me that the constitution has served, again and again, as an impediment to social progress. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, "Chile at the Barricades," 5 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of political science

1606, in the meaning defined above

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“Political science.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/political%20science. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of political science

: the study of governments and how they work

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