political science

noun
a social science dealing with political institutions and with the principles and conduct of government.

Origin:
1770–80

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

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political science definition


The systematic study of government and politics. Political science is a social science that makes generalizations and analyses about political systems and political behavior and uses these results to predict future behavior. Political science includes the study of political philosophy, ethics, international relations and foreign policy, public administration, and the dynamic relations between different parts of governments.

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Example sentences
The authors are invited to take a sociology or political science course once in
  a while.
They are all students of political science, now in their last year.
Examines the dichotomy between area studies and the more traditional discipline
  of political science.
The program offers multidisciplinary coursework in economics, political
  science, and sociology.
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