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political

[puh-lit-i-kuh l] /pəˈlɪt ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or concerned with politics:
political writers.
2.
of, relating to, or connected with a political party:
a political campaign.
3.
exercising or seeking power in the governmental or public affairs of a state, municipality, etc.:
a political machine; a political boss.
4.
of, relating to, or involving the state or its government:
a political offense.
5.
having a definite policy or system of government:
a political community.
6.
of or relating to citizens:
political rights.
Origin of political
1545-1555
1545-55; < Latin polītic(us) civic (see politic) + -al1
Related forms
politically, adverb
antipolitical, adjective
antipolitically, adverb
nonpolitical, adjective
nonpolitically, adverb
overpolitical, adjective
overpolitically, adverb
prepolitical, adjective
prepolitically, adverb
pseudopolitical, adjective
quasi-political, adjective
quasi-politically, adverb
subpolitical, adjective
subpolitically, adverb
unpolitical, adjective
unpolitically, adverb
Can be confused
politic, political.
politically, politicly.
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Examples from the Web for politically
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  • Nothing mentally or physically or politically imperfect is permitted inside that wire fence.

    The Gay Rebellion Robert W. Chambers
  • Wharton was philosophically, politically, and fashionably profligate.

  • The people have been free, well-educated, and politically great.

  • politically they are entirely in the hands of the Roman Catholic clergy.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • When he is extremely weak, politically, materially, he generally makes some great demonstration of spiritual power.

British Dictionary definitions for politically

political

/pəˈlɪtɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the state, government, the body politic, public administration, policy-making, etc
2.
  1. of, involved in, or relating to government policy-making as distinguished from administration or law
  2. of or relating to the civil aspects of government as distinguished from the military
3.
of, dealing with, or relating to politics: a political person
4.
of, characteristic of, or relating to the parties and the partisan aspects of politics
5.
organized or ordered with respect to government: a political unit
Derived Forms
politically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for politically
adv.

1580s, "in a politic manner;" 1630s "in a political manner," from politic or political + -ly (2).

political

adj.

1550s, "pertaining to a polity, civil affairs, or government;" from Latin politicus "of citizens or the state" (see politic (adj.)) + -al (1). Meaning "taking sides in party politics" (usually pejorative) is from 1749. Political prisoner first recorded 1860; political science is from 1779 (first attested in Hume). Political animal translates Greek politikon zoon (Aristotle, "Politics," I.ii.9) "an animal intended to live in a city; a social animal."

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