Essential Meaning of political
1 : of or relating to politics or government the American political system [=the way the American government is officially organized, managed, etc.] The senator has changed political parties. See More ExamplesHealth care has become a major political issue in recent years. a political leader political ambition a group of political activists economic and political power political reform We need a political solution rather than a military solution.
2 : interested in or active in politics She is very political.
3 : involving, concerned with, or accused of acts against a government political prisoners [=people who are put in prison because of their political beliefs and activities] a political crime
Full 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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