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 Bradford Jones, a spokesperson for Humane Borders and a political science professor at University of California, Davis, said human remains are increasingly found in the western desert away from cities and potable water. Armando Garcia, ABC News, 17 Oct. 2021 Dante Scala, a political science professor at the University of New Hampshire, said that the state has long had a libertarian streak, and that its COVID mandates appear to have given fresh voice and energy to that wing. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Oct. 2021 Emory University political science professor Andra Gillespie pointed out that fundraising can be a signal of a candidate’s competitiveness, and more money helps pay for more resources like ads, staff and consultants. J.d. Capelouto, ajc, 11 Oct. 2021 Incumbents are at a serious advantage, said Andy Downs, a political science professor at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Oct. 2021 Frank Baumgartner, a political science professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, analyzed more than 24 million traffic stops across North Carolina from 2002 to 2020. NBC News, 7 Oct. 2021 Stephen Farnsworth, a University of Mary Washington political science professor, said turning CRT into a target is a way to motivate Republicans in a nonpresidential election year when voter turnout tends to be lower. Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2021 University of Victoria political science professor Guoguang Wu published in China Leadership Monitor. James T. Areddy, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 Overall, little change is expected in key diplomatic and security policies under the new leader, said Yu Uchiyama, a political science professor at the University of Tokyo. Arkansas Online, 30 Sep. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'political science.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of political science

1606, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of political science was in 1606

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21 Oct 2021

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“Political science.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/political%20science. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of political science

: the study of governments and how they work

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