politic

[pol-i-tik]
adjective
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.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English politik < Middle French politique < Latin polīticus < Greek polītikós civic, equivalent to polī́t(ēs) citizen (see polity) + -ikos -ic

politicly, adverb
overpolitic, adjective
prepolitic, adjective
pseudopolitic, adjective
quasi-politic, adjective

1. politic, political ; 2. politically, politicly.


1. astute, ingenius; wary, discreet. See diplomatic.


1. imprudent; indiscreet, tactless.
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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.  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]
 
'politicly
 
adv

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politic
early 15c., from M.Fr. politique (14c.) "political," from L. politicus "of citizens or the state, civil, civic," from Gk. politikos "of citizens or the state," from polites "citizen," from polis "city" (see policy (1)). Replaced in most adj. senses by
political. The verb meaning "to engage in political activity" is first recorded 1917, a back formation from politics.
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Example sentences
Yes, noodle could have been more politic in making this point.
Such self-defeating policies may be the symptom of deeper flaws in the body politic.
It establishes a new relationship between the body politic and the public.
There are all kinds of false dichotomies in the body politic.
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