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
Black Americans like Simone, as well was artists and political leaders from newly independent countries in Africa, flocked to Liberia to exchange ideas and enjoy the high life at late-night discotheques.
Breaking out of the economic cycle of poverty has been one of my main motivations for wanting to attend college, along with attaining the knowledge to become a political reporter.
What might look like an attempt at modernization to conform with international practice carries with it the implicit threat of further miring one of South Africa’s most respected public institutions in the political fray.
Countries’ quotas are now set on a basis that is more scientific than political.
The 2015 tournament also featured a visa snafu that meant a half-dozen players weren’t available for Cuba’s opening game against the United States, followed by the obligatory political defections.
Donald Trump continues to test the limits of his office, and has yet to face any real consequences for his constant violations of political norms.
Merrill's office had reported to the Ethics Commission what Merrill believed was a violation when Bentley used campaign funds to pay legal fees for his one-time political adviser, Rebekah Mason.
Gibbons will discuss the socioeconomic and political impact of the decade as well as the end of the Cold War.
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Origin and Etymology of political
First Known Use: 1529See Words from the same year
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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