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1. Of, relating to, or dealing with the structure or affairs of government, politics, or the state: a political system.
2. Relating to, involving, or characteristic of political parties or politicians: a political campaign.
3. Interested or active in politics: I'm not a very political person.
4. Influenced by, based on, or stemming from partisan interests or political ideology: The court should never become a political institution. The attack was a political crime.
5. Based on or motivated by self-serving interests, especially in attempting to gain power or to please people of a higher rank in an organization: political maneuvering within the company.
6. Indicating national or regional boundaries. Used of maps.

po·lit′i·cal·ly adv.
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of or relating to the state, government, the body politic, public administration, policy-making, etc
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. of, involved in, or relating to government policy-making as distinguished from administration or law
b. of or relating to the civil aspects of government as distinguished from the military
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of, dealing with, or relating to politics: a political person.
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of, characteristic of, or relating to the parties and the partisan aspects of politics
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) organized or ordered with respect to government: a political unit.
poˈlitically adv
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(pəˈlɪt ɪ kəl)

1. of, pertaining to, or concerned with politics.
2. exercising or seeking power in the governmental or public affairs of a state, municipality, etc.: a political party.
3. of, pertaining to, or involving the state or its government.
4. having a definite policy or system of government.
5. of or pertaining to citizens: political rights.
[1545–55; < Latin polītic(us) civic (see politic) + -al1]
po•lit′i•cal•ly, adv.
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1. 'politics'

The noun politics is usually used to refer to the methods by which people get, keep, and use power in a country or society.

She is interested in a career in politics.
Her parents never discussed politics.

When politics is used like this, you can use either a singular or plural form of a verb with it. It is more common to use a singular form.

Politics is sometimes about compromise.
American politics are very interesting.

Politics can refer to a particular set of beliefs about how countries should be governed or power should be used. When you use politics like this, you use a plural form of a verb with it.

I think his politics are are quite conservative.

Politics can also refer to the study of the ways in which countries are governed, and of the ways in which people get and use power. When you use politics like this, you must use a singular form of a verb with it.

Politics is often studied together with Economics.
2. 'policy'

There is no noun 'politic'. To refer to a course of action or plan that has been agreed upon by a government or political party, use policy.

He criticized the government's education policy.
3. 'political'

Don't use 'politic' as an adjective to mean 'relating to politics'. Use political.

The government is facing a political crisis.
Do you belong to a political party?
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.political - involving or characteristic of politics or parties or politicians; "calling a meeting is a political act in itself"- Daniel Goleman; "political pressure"; "a political machine"; "political office"; "political policy"
nonpolitical - not political
2.political - of or relating to your views about social relationships involving authority or power; "political opinions"
3.political - of or relating to the profession of governing; "political career"
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2. factional, party, militant, partisan I'm not political, I take no interest in politics.
"Man is by nature a political animal" [Aristotle Politics]
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stjórnmálalegur, pólítískur
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1. (gen) → político
2. (= politically aware) she was always very politicalsiempre tuvo mucha conciencia política
I'm not politicalno me interesa mucho la política
the play is very politicalesta obra tiene mucho contenido político
3. (= expedient, tactical) → estratégico
B. CPD political asylum Nasilo m político
political correctness Nprogresismo m ideológico
political correspondent Ncorresponsal mf político/a
political economy Neconomía f política
political editor Neditor(a) m/f político/a
political levy Nimpuesto m político
political prisoner Npreso/a m/f político/a
political process Nproceso m político
political science Nciencias fpl políticas
political scientist Nexperto/a m/f en ciencias políticas
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[pəˈlɪtɪkəl] adj
a democratic political system → un système politique démocratique
[person] (= involved in politics)
He was always very political → Il a toujours fait beaucoup de politique. political partypolitical asylum n
to ask for political asylum → demander le droit d'asile (politique)political correctness nle politiquement correct
in this age of political correctness → à l'heure du politiquement correct
It would be a shame if political correctness prevented a debate on multiculturalism → Il serait dommage que le politiquement correct empêche le débat sur le multiculturalisme.
this daft outbreak of political correctness → cette poussée absurde du politiquement correct
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adjpolitisch; political action committee (US) → politische Aktionsgruppe


political analyst
political asylum
npolitisches Asyl; to ask for or seek politicalum politisches Asyl bitten or ersuchen, politisches Asyl beantragen; he was granted/refused politicalihm wurde politisches Asyl gewährt/nicht gewährt
political commentator
political correctness
npolitische Korrektheit; our society’s obsession with politicaldie Besessenheit unserer Gesellschaft, politisch korrekt zu sein
political economy
political geography


political party
political prisoner
political science
nPolitologie f
political scientist
nPolitologe m, → Politologin f, → Politikwissenschaftler(in) m(f)
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[pəˈlɪtɪkl] adjpolitico/a
I'm not at all political → non mi interesso di politica
political analyst → politologo/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(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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سِيَّاسِيّ politický politisk politisch πολιτικός político poliittinen politique politički politico 政治の 정치적인 politiek politisk polityczny político политический politisk ที่เกี่ยวกับการเมือง politik chính trị 政治的
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References in classic literature ?
Such a programme for a treatise on government might lead us to expect in the Politics mainly a description of a Utopia or ideal state which might inspire poets or philosophers but have little direct effect upon political institutions.
chap, v., though as a criticism it is curiously inept, reveals his own attitude admirably: "Let us remember that we should not disregard the experience of ages; in the multitude of years, these things, if they were good, would certainly not have been unknown; for almost everything has been found out, although sometimes they are not put together; in other cases men do not use the knowledge which they have." Aristotle in his Constitutions had made a study of one hundred and fifty-eight constitutions of the states of his day, and the fruits of that study are seen in the continual reference to concrete political experience, which makes the Politics in some respects a critical history of the workings of the institutions of the Greek city state.
AN Ox, unable to extricate himself from the mire into which he sank, was advised to make use of a Political Pull.
It is evident that no other form would be reconcilable with the genius of the people of America; with the fundamental principles of the Revolution; or with that honorable determination which animates every votary of freedom, to rest all our political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.
Each step in the development of the bourgeoisie was accompanied by a corresponding political advance of that class.
By the time that Lord John Russell's measure was being debated in the House of Commons, there was a new political animation in Middlemarch, and a new definition of parties which might show a decided change of balance if a new election came.
IN THE course of the preceding papers, I have endeavored, my fellow citizens, to place before you, in a clear and convincing light, the importance of Union to your political safety and happiness.
The magistrates freely discussed their political views; the military part of the company talked unreservedly of Moscow and Leipsic, while the women commented on the divorce of Josephine.
At the ministry to which Rabourdin belonged there flourished, as general-secretary, a certain Monsieur Clement Chardin des Lupeaulx, one of those men whom the tide of political events sends to the surface for a few years, then engulfs on a stormy night, but whom we find again on a distant shore, tossed up like the carcass of a wrecked ship which still seems to have life in her.
Besides, the general political agitation drew the attention of our people away from the more fundamental matters of perfecting themselves in the industries at their doors and in securing property.
Count Rostopchin alone kept the conversation going, now relating the latest town news, and now the latest political gossip.
[Footnote: The Tories were the political ancestors of the present-day Conservatives; the Whigs of the Liberals.] who therefore gradually regained control, and in 1708 the Queen had to submit to a Whig ministry.