|1.||(functioning as singular) the practice or study of the art and science of forming, directing, and administrating states and other political units; the art and science of government; political science|
|2.||(functioning as singular) the complex or aggregate of relationships of people in society, esp those relationships involving authority or power|
|3.||(functioning as plural) political activities or affairs: party politics|
|4.||(functioning as singular) the business or profession of politics|
|5.||(functioning as singular or plural) any activity concerned with the acquisition of power, gaining one's own ends, etc: company politics are frequently vicious|
|6.||(functioning as plural) opinions, principles, sympathies, etc, with respect to politics: his conservative politics|
|7.||(functioning as plural)|
|a. the policy-formulating aspects of government as distinguished from the administrative, or legal|
|b. the civil functions of government as distinguished from the military|
"Politicks is the science of good sense, applied to public affairs, and, as those are forever changing, what is wisdom to-day would be folly and perhaps, ruin to-morrow. Politicks is not a science so properly as a business. It cannot have fixed principles, from which a wise man would never swerve, unless the inconstancy of men's view of interest and the capriciousness of the tempers could be fixed." [Fisher Ames (17581808)]Meaning "a person's political allegiances or opinions" is from 1769.
see play politics.