noun, plural statesmen.
a person who is experienced in the art of government or versed in the administration of government affairs.
a person who exhibits great wisdom and ability in directing the affairs of a government or in dealing with important public issues.

1585–95; state + 's1 + -man, modeled on steersman; compare the phrase ship of state

statesmanlike, statesmanly, adjective
superstatesman, noun, plural superstatesmen.
unstatesmanlike, adjective

1. See politician.

See -man. Unabridged
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statesman (ˈsteɪtsmən)
n , pl -men
1.  a political leader whose wisdom, integrity, etc, win great respect
2.  a person active and influential in the formulation of high government policy, such as a cabinet member
3.  a politician
fem n

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Example sentences
His books are fat with illustrations and examples, drawn from his erudition and
  his conversations with statesmen and merchants.
Our saints will not be statesmen and our statesmen will not be saints.
They put you in charge of the committee for suitably naming extra-solar planets
  after statesmen in friendly foreign countries.
It is not a distinguished venue for statesmen or their surrogates to spend
  their time in.
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