political

adjective po·lit·i·cal \ pə-ˈli-ti-kəl \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

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

politically

play \pə-ˈli-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of political in a Sentence

  1. The senator has changed political parties.

  2. Health care has become a major political issue in recent years.

  3. a group of political activists

  4. We need a political solution rather than a military solution.

Recent Examples of political from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of political

Latin politicus



POLITICAL Defined for English Language Learners

political

adjective

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

political

adjective po·lit·i·cal \ pə-ˈli-ti-kəl \

Definition of political for Students

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

politically

adverb


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