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[pol-i-tik-ing] /ˈpɒl ɪˌtɪk ɪŋ/
activity undertaken for political reasons or ends, as campaigning for votes before an election, making speeches, etc., or otherwise promoting oneself or one's policies.
Origin of politicking
1925-30; politic (as v.) + -ing1, respelling to show non-assibilation of -c-
Related forms
nonpoliticking, noun


[pol-i-tik] /ˈpɒl ɪ tɪk/
verb (used without object)
to engage in politicking.
verb (used with object)
to influence, accomplish, or promote by politicking:
Somehow he politicked the bill through both houses of Congress.
1915-20; earlier politic, verbal derivative of politic; later as back formation from politicking
Related forms
outpolitick, verb (used with object)
Can be confused
politicize, politick. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for politicking
  • Sympathy, a good advocate, and savvy politicking by your supporters could get this reversed.
  • Beneath the changes and the politicking, caste still has a firm hold on politics.
  • She not only handled much of the politicking but also pitched in on the manual labor of renovation.
  • Almost immediately, politicking and litigation followed.
  • Even the meager pay electors still receive for attending the meeting has been subject to politicking.
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  • There are hundreds of candidates who are politicking in those elections.
British Dictionary definitions for politicking


political activity, esp seeking votes
activity directed towards acquiring power and influence, achieving one's own goals, etc
Derived Forms
politicker, noun
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Word Origin and History for politicking

1928, from present participle of politic (v.). For the -k-, see picnic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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