Definition of political
1 a : 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>
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.
Origin and Etymology of political
First Known Use: 1551
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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