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pol·i·tic

 (pŏl′ĭ-tĭk)
adj.
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-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

pol′i·tic·ly adv.

politic

(ˈpɒlɪtɪk)
adj
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]
ˈpoliticly adv

pol•i•tic

(ˈpɒl ɪ tɪk)

adj.
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]
pol′i•tic•ly, adv.
syn: See diplomatic.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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 sophisticationpolitic - 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"
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"

politic

adjective wise, diplomatic, sensible, discreet, prudent, advisable, expedient, judicious, tactful, sagacious, in your best interests Many people found it politic to change their allegiance.

politic

adjective
Showing sensitivity and skill in dealing with others:
Translations

politic

[ˈpɒlɪtɪk] ADJprudente

politic

[ˈpɒlɪtɪk] adj (= sensible) → judicieux/euse
it would be politic to ... → il serait judicieux de ...

politic

adj
klug; it would be politic to apologizees wäre (taktisch) klug, sich zu entschuldigen; he tended to do what was politic rather than that which was properer machte eher (das), was klug or günstig war, als das, was recht gewesen wäre
the body politicdas Staatswesen, das staatliche Gemeinwesen

politic

[ˈpɒlɪtɪk] adj (frm) → prudente
References in classic literature ?
Let General Webb be his own interpreter," returned the politic Montcalm, suddenly extending an open letter toward Munro as he spoke; "you will there learn, monsieur, that his movements are not likely to prove embarrassing to my army.
This politic selection did not alter the fortune of the field, the challengers were still successful: one of their antagonists was overthrown, and both the others failed in the attaint,* that is,
said Little Klaus, 'that was just so politic of me.
Nor was this their only view, for they believed that the Turks would, by killing us, kindle such an irreconcilable hatred between themselves and our nation as would make it necessary for them to keep us out of the Red Sea, of which they are entirely masters: so that their determination was as politic as cruel.
One of these remarkable incidents is the execution of that instrument of government by which they formed themselves into a body politic, the day after their arrival upon the coast, and previous to their first landing.
The first kind can evidently apply only to men; the last kind must of necessity, be employed against bodies politic, or communities, or States.
The eventual election, again, is to be made by that branch of the legislature which consists of the national representatives; but in this particular act they are to be thrown into the form of individual delegations, from so many distinct and coequal bodies politic.
Dick had a respect for his father as the best of men, tempered by the politic revolt of a youth who has to see to his own independence.
His envoy, however, urged him that it was politic, after the events he had witnessed, to sacrifice her, innocent as she was, if he wished to escape from the dangers of (another) revolution.
Those who took me from my father, and who always intended, sooner or later, to sell me again to my original proprietor, as they have now done, calculated that, in order to make the most of their bargain, it would be politic to leave me in possession of all my personal and hereditary worth, and even to increase the value, if possible.
Mazarin, as a statesman, will understand the politic necessity.
If you engage yourself rashly, sire, you will fall into the talons of this politic soldier.