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Thursday, April 12, 2001

Definitions for politic

  1. Of or pertaining to polity, or civil government; political (as in the phrase "the body politic").
  2. (Of persons): Sagacious in promoting a policy; ingenious in devising and advancing a system of management; characterized by political skill and ingenuity; hence, shrewdly tactful, cunning.
  3. (Of actions or things): Pertaining to or promoting a policy; hence, judicious; expedient; as, "a politic decision."

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Citations for politic
Plato, in Aristotle's judgment, confused and treated as one the diverse elements that make up the body politic -- household, community (village), and state. Richard Pipes, Property and Freedom
It also occurred to me then that members of the circle around Peres thought that since negotiations with Syria were bound to continue, it would be more politic to present the concessions that would have to be made as having been made by the late Rabin. Itamar Rabinovich, The Brink of Peace
Origin of politic
late Middle English
Politic derives from Greek politikos, from polites, "citizen," from polis, "city."
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