Definition of political
1a : of or relating to government, a government, or the conduct of governmentb : 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
politicallyplay \-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.
Recent Examples of political from the Web
Bunning's gruff demeanor labeled him as rude by political enemies and straightforward by friends.
The revolving door between government and law firms is decades old, as the newest political overseers arriving in Washington recruit their own legal hands for savvy counsel to prevent — or rescue them from — misdeeds or mistakes.
Though climate change can be a polarizing issue, a majority of Americans across the political spectrum want to stay in the Paris agreement.
That incident, observers have noted, underscores the cracks in city government that have pestered Fairhope since November when Karin Wilson, a political novice and independent bookstore owner, was sworn in as the new mayor.
Mark Ellerbrook, manager of Regional Housing and Community Development for King County, said one aim of the effort is to build political will and community support to address the affordable-housing crisis.
Clinton pulled together a team of lawyers, communication and political aides to deal with those issues apart from the regular White House structure, with the aim of letting other business proceed as normally as possible.
Meanwhile, one Republican who's grooving is former Speaker John Boehner, the second-most orange human in American political history.
Trump is even considering changing the way trade deficits are calculated to put more political oomph behind his efforts to revamp trade pacts, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, or Nafta.
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Origin and Etymology of political
First Known Use: 1529
POLITICAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of political for English Language Learners
: of or relating to politics or government
: interested in or active in politics
: involving, concerned with, or accused of acts against a government
POLITICAL Defined for Kids
Definition of political for Students
: relating to the government or the way government is carried on political views
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