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political science

The study of the processes, principles, and structure of government and of political institutions.

political scientist n.

political science

(Education) (esp as an academic subject) the study of the state, government, and politics: one of the social sciences
political scientist n

polit′ical sci′ence

a social science dealing with political institutions and with the principles and conduct of government.
polit′ical sci′entist, n.
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Noun1.political science - the study of government of states and other political unitspolitical science - the study of government of states and other political units
bolt - a sudden abandonment (as from a political party)
politics - the profession devoted to governing and to political affairs
governing, government activity, government, governance, administration - the act of governing; exercising authority; "regulations for the governing of state prisons"; "he had considerable experience of government"
mandate - the commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory
patronage - (politics) granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support
demonstration, manifestation - a public display of group feelings (usually of a political nature); "there were violent demonstrations against the war"
cabal, conspiracy - a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot)
social science - the branch of science that studies society and the relationships of individual within a society
geopolitics - the study of the effects of economic geography on the powers of the state
practical politics, realpolitik - politics based on practical rather than moral or ideological considerations
catechism - a series of question put to an individual (such as a political candidate) to elicit their views
nominating address, nominating speech, nomination - an address (usually at a political convention) proposing the name of a candidate to run for election; "the nomination was brief and to the point"
combination - an alliance of people or corporations or countries for a special purpose (formerly to achieve some antisocial end but now for general political or economic purposes)
Soviets - the government of the Soviet Union; "the Soviets said they wanted to increase trade with Europe"
civilization, civilisation - a society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations); "the people slowly progressed from barbarism to civilization"
side - one of two or more contesting groups; "the Confederate side was prepared to attack"
assassin, assassinator, bravo - a murderer (especially one who kills a prominent political figure) who kills by a surprise attack and often is hired to do the deed; "his assassins were hunted down like animals"; "assassinators of kings and emperors"
muckraker, mudslinger - one who spreads real or alleged scandal about another (usually for political advantage)
fencesitter, independent, mugwump - a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)
regular - a dependable follower (especially in party politics); "he is one of the party regulars"
coattails effect - (politics) the consequence of one popular candidate in an election drawing votes for other members of the same political party; "he counted on the coattails effect to win him the election"
war chest - a fund accumulated to finance a war (or a political campaign)
Sturm und Drang, upheaval, turbulence - a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally); "the industrial revolution was a period of great turbulence"
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political science

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(ˈpolitiks) noun singular or plural
the science or business of, or ideas about, or affairs concerning, government.
poˈlitical adjective
of, or concerning, politics. for political reasons; political studies.
poˈlitically adverb
poˌlitically corˈrect adjective
(also PC) (of language or behaviour) that does not offend particular groups of people. It is politically correct to use `he or she', and not just `he', when you mean a man or a woman.
ˌpoliˈtician (-ˈtiʃən) noun
a person whose job is politics; a member of parliament.
political asylum
protection given by a government to a foreigner who has left his own country for political reasons.
political prisoner
a person who has been imprisoned for political reasons and not for any crime.
political ˈscience noun
a field of study dealing with politics, government and other political institutions.
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