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Showing sound or pragmatic judgment; prudent; judicious: found it politic not to mention his youthful indiscretions.
[Middle English politik, from Old French politique, from Latin polīticus, political, from Greek polītikos, from polītēs, citizen, from polis, city; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]
1. artful or shrewd; ingenious: a politic manager.
2. crafty or unscrupulous; cunning: a politic old scoundrel.
3. sagacious, wise, or prudent, esp in statesmanship: a politic choice.
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an archaic word for political
[C15: from Old French politique, from Latin polīticus concerning civil administration, from Greek politikos, from politēs citizen, from polis city]
pol•i•tic(ˈpɒl ɪ tɪk)
1. shrewd or prudent in practical matters; tactful; diplomatic.
2. contrived in a shrewd and practical way; expedient: a politic reply.
3. political: the body politic.
[1375–1425; late Middle English politik < Middle French politique < Latin polīticus < Greek polītikós civic =polit(ēs) citizen (see polity) + -ikos -ic]
syn: See diplomatic.
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|Adj.||1.||politic - marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness; "it is neither polite nor politic to get into other people's quarrels"; "a politic decision"; "a politic manager"; "a politic old scoundrel"; "a shrewd and politic reply"|
diplomatical, diplomatic - using or marked by tact in dealing with sensitive matters or people; "the hostess averted a confrontation with a diplomatic chenage of subject"
impolitic - not politic; "an impolitic approach to a sensitive issue"
|2.||politic - smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication; "he was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage"; "the manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error"|
politic[ˈpɒlɪtɪk] ADJ → prudente
politic[ˈpɒlɪtɪk] adj (= sensible) → judicieux/euse
it would be politic to ... → il serait judicieux de ...
→ klug; it would be politic to apologize → es wäre (taktisch) klug, sich zu entschuldigen; he tended to do what was politic rather than that which was proper → er machte eher (das), was klug or günstig war, als das, was recht gewesen wäre