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[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
early 15c., from M.Fr. politique (14c.) "political," from L. politicus "of citizens or the state, civil, civic," from Gk. politikos "of citizens or the state," from polites "citizen," from polis "city" (see policy (1)). Replaced in most adj. senses by political. The verb meaning "to engage in political activity" is first recorded 1917, a back formation from politics.
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