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politic

[pol-i-tik] /ˈpɒl ɪ tɪk/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English politik < Middle French politique < Latin polīticus < Greek polītikós civic, equivalent to polī́t(ēs) citizen (see polity) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
politicly, adverb
overpolitic, adjective
prepolitic, adjective
pseudopolitic, adjective
quasi-politic, adjective
Can be confused
politic, political.
politically, politicly.
Synonyms
1. astute, ingenius; wary, discreet. See diplomatic.
Antonyms
1. imprudent; indiscreet, tactless.
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British Dictionary definitions for quasi politic

politic

/ˈpɒlɪtɪk/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
politicly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Old French politique, from Latin polīticus concerning civil administration, from Greek politikos, from politēs citizen, from polis city
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Word Origin and History for quasi politic

politic

adj.

early 15c., "pertaining to public affairs," from Middle French politique "political" (14c.) and directly from Latin politicus "of citizens or the state, civil, civic," from Greek politikos "of citizens, pertaining to the state and its administration; pertaining to public life," from polites "citizen," from polis "city" (see polis). Replaced in most adjectival senses by political. From mid-15c. as "prudent, judicious."

v.

also politick, "to engage in political activity," 1917, a back-formation from politics. Related: Politicked; politicking (for the -k- see picnic).

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