political science


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

Example Sentences

a degree in political science
Recent Examples on the Web Emiratis on social media were largely silent about the decision to teach the Holocaust, but Abdul Khaleq Abdulla, a prominent UAE commentator and political science professor, commented on the announcement in a tweet, saying there was no need for it. Mohammed Abdelbary, CNN, 13 Jan. 2023 The attacks will likely hurt Mr. Bolsonaro, said New York University political science professor Patricio Navia. Ryan Dube, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2023 Despite his lengthy tenure in public office, Sarah Binder, a political science professor at George Washington University, said McCarthy is perceived to be somewhat of a weak leader. Rachel Looker, USA Today, 2 Jan. 2023 The lack of representation from state lawmakers will impact the kind of policies that are passed and could ignore certain demographics, said University of Houston political science professor Brandon Rottinghaus. Dallas News, 23 Dec. 2022 Philip Golub, a professor of political science at the American University of Paris, says that many French are being asked to make sacrifices. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Dec. 2022 Heather Yates, an associate professor of political science at the University of Central Arkansas, said governors' legacies are subject to many fluid variables. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 11 Dec. 2022 Still, keep in mind that about 15% of the world's democracies have mandatory voting, said Kimi King, a professor in the department of political science at the University of North Texas. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 5 Dec. 2022 Victory for the Qataris, said Edward A. Lynch, professor of political science at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va., will require something more. Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of political science was in 1606

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“Political science.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/political%20science. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

political science

: the study of government and politics
political scientist noun

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