political

adjective
po·​lit·​i·​cal | \ pə-ˈli-ti-kəl How to pronounce political (audio) \

Definition of political

1a : 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

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Other Words from political

politically \ pə-​ˈli-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce politically (audio) \ 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.
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Because a tariff is essentially passed on to consumers—people who live in districts represented by the whole of the political spectrum—in the form of higher prices. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "President Trump Appears to Kick the 25 Percent Auto Tariff Can down the Road," 15 May 2019 His office in Guatemala City is lined with security detail as political tensions in the country have risen. Lauren Bohn, Marie Claire, "Who Killed Claudia Gomez?," 2 May 2019 Richard, on the other hand, worked out of CBS's New York City offices and specialized in political coverage. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Meredith Vieira's Husband and Kids Have Had to Face Many Uphill Battles Together," 1 May 2019 And her appearances have not only reminded audiences why the fashionable former First Lady was once named America's most admired woman, but also given her an opportunity to be more candid about the current political climate. Glamour, "Michelle Obama Just Made a Rare Comment About Donald Trump," 16 Apr. 2019 His bio was changed to reflect his new ambitions: After an honorable discharge, Joe committed himself to more peaceful action, shifting his attitude radically from warrior to peacenik to mirror the new political climate. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019 The sketch parodied Britain's current Prime Minister, Theresa May, and the tumultuous political climate in the United Kingdom surrounding Brexit. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kit Harington Played Winston Churchill in a Hilarious Theresa May Brexit Skit on SNL," 7 Apr. 2019 For all his nostalgic ties to the work, the actor— and playwright, composer, lyricist, and singer with the Pulitzers, Emmys, Grammys, and Tonys to prove it—articulated the show’s relevance in the current political climate. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Camelot Ruled the Stage at Lincoln Center Theater’s Benefit Gala," 5 Mar. 2019 The American people are far greater than the sum of our political parties. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Presidential Candidates 2020: Here's Who's Running So Far," 25 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of political

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for political

Latin politicus

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political

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of political

: of or relating to politics or government
: interested in or active in politics
: involving, concerned with, or accused of acts against a government

political

adjective
po·​lit·​i·​cal | \ pə-ˈli-ti-kəl How to pronounce political (audio) \

Kids Definition of political

: relating to the government or the way government is carried on political views

Other Words from political

politically adverb

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